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Intel puts on a dazzling light show using 500 drones (all flown by a single operator)

By Shawn Knight
Nov 4, 2016
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  1. Pyrotechnicians have been captivating audiences with dazzling fireworks displays for centuries. The art and science of firework making dates back to 7th century China but chipmaker Intel is hoping that technology can lend a hand in creating awe-inspiring aerial displays of the future.

    While others seem dead-set on using aerial drones for delivery-based tasks, Intel is experimenting with using them to put on stunning fireworks-like performances. After setting a record last year by putting 100 drones in the sky (all of which were controlled by a single operator), Intel recently broke its own record by using 500 drones simultaneous during a light show (again, all run by a single person).

    As you can see, the small Shooting Star drones can be used to create displays that simply aren’t possible with traditional fireworks. What they lack in terms of loud screaming and screeching, they more than make up for in sheer flexibility. Intel says they can travel at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour, even in light rain (conditions that might ruin a traditional fireworks presentation).

    Unfortunately as Re/code notes, the Shooting Star drones aren’t yet available for purchase (nor do we know in what capacity Intel plans to market them).

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  2. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 257   +151

    Impressive... most impressive.
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  3. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 207   +93

    Kids, get in the van.
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  4. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Booster Posts: 90   +31

    So I kind of though the video would have been better without the CGI edits? Just sayin'.... the drones were owning it. The CGI was not needed.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,751   +2,172

    Very cool. Now maybe next time they'll all bang and blow up like real fireworks making things even more spectacular.
  6. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 105   +62

    what CGI edits? The 500 and intel logo? I thought those were the drones doing it?
  7. JayT1803

    JayT1803 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +23

    What show? I didn't see a show.. I just saw the making of the show.

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