Watch this: Intel put on a light show at CES using 250 drones

By Cal Jeffrey
Jan 11, 2018
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  1. Twice a night throughout CES, Intel has been putting on a light show over the fountains of the Bellagio. Typically when we think of light shows, we think of lasers. In this case, it’s drones. Intel calls it the Shooting Star Light Show and it’s pretty amazing to watch as 250 drones fly in formations to animate a scene to music.

    “All of these drones, whether it be 10 or 100 or even 500 or more, they’re all controlled by one pilot,” said Natalie Cheung, GM of Intel Drone Light Shows, in an interview with CNET.

    The drones used have no cameras or sensors and only weigh 330 grams. Each craft is fitted with an array of LEDs capable of producing four billion color combinations. When programmed, the drones can fly precise patterns to create stunning animations.

    Before shows, an animation team will listen to a song and come up with a storyboard. After they have a theme, they use a custom animation tool that allows them to simulate and view the drones from every angle. The crew spends a lot of time ensuring the show looks good from every perspective.

    The drones are made from lightweight plastic and foam for safety. The props are fully enclosed in cages as well. Another safety precaution is a crew of observers who can give the command to pull down the entire fleet in the event of an approaching aircraft.

    Intel's Shooting Star drones also made an appearance at last year's Super Bowl.

    It is pretty amazing to see something like this. Parts of the show reminded me of fireworks in slow motion.

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  2. petert

    petert TS Maniac Posts: 266   +101

    Reminds me of old parades and cult of personality for communist dictators - you know, the ones which where performed in broad daylight with coreography and shite so that anybody can watch it on TV. Mark my words, intel who has kept the industry back for more then 3 decades, has pushed the state of the arts in the technology which can support some dipshit's personality cult. From now on, communist parades with catchy effects can be performed at night as well thanks to the kind komrads from intel.
     
  3. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow TS Addict Posts: 216   +74

    Then there was that other light show with a helicopter above the LV shooting with flashing lights. Or were those muzzle flashes?
     

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