Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations. The intention is for the drones, hovering about 400 feet off the ground near the stadium, to wow the Olympic Stadium crowd with light-beamed illustrations of Olympic rings, a peace dove and other images.
Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony that surpassed Intel's previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.
Intel's just set a record with 1,218 drones that flew together and created different patterns in the sky as part of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"During the Ceremony, POCOG made the decision to not go ahead with the show because there were too many spectators standing in the area where the live drone show was supposed to take place", according to a statement from the Olympic organizing committee, Recode reported. "But still, I do think the drone performance itself was very impressive". They weigh less than a pound.
"We are honored to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", Anil Nanduri, the VP and general manager of Intel Drone Group, said in a statement. Everything is managed from a central computer system, which coordinates the drones on the fly based on things like individual battery life and GPS signal. "We wanted to do something the world has never seen before". Unfortunately the drone performance wasn't a live part of the opening ceremony, instead it was pre-recorded due to concerns over Pyeongchang's cold and windy weather conditions.
One of those practice runs, in December, presumably involved the record-setting 1,218 drones. The drones swirled above Gaga and took the shape of the US flag as she sung God Bless America.