Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

Awkward diplomacy on show as ‘peace’ Games begin

Awkward diplomacy on show as ‘peace’ Games begin

The drones then disperse and quickly transform into Olympics rings as they fly through the sky.

"I was extremely impressed by the drone light show at the Olympics opening ceremony", said Lee Jae-yeon, a 29-year-old South Korean female office worker in Seoul, who watched the opening ceremony via television on Friday. Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7, the spokeswoman said. 1,218 of them to be precise.

"The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the flawless stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record", said Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel's drone light show team. This system allows large numbers of unmanned quadcopters to fly in a prescribed way.

As a member of "The Olympic Partner" (TOP) worldwide sponsorship program, Intel is helping to transform the fan experience by creating immersive opportunities for viewers to be a part of the Olympic Games.

Cheerleaders of North Korea await the start of the opening
Cheerleaders of North Korea await the start of the opening

Each of Intel's foam and plastic drones is equipped with LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combos. Wired explains it nicely: "After animators draw up the show using 3-D design software, each individual drone gets assigned to act as a kind of aerial pixel, filling in the 3-D image against the night sky".

The broke the Guinness World Record for number of drones flown at the same time, the spokeswoman said. "One fantastic show. See how our drone team pulled off a Guinness World Records title for the Opening Ceremony".

We've seen these Shooting Star drones from Intel in action several times before, and their latest outing is part of a deal between Intel and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

If you missed the live stream of Intel's drone show, you can catch it again tonight on NBC or on the YouTube video below for as long as that will be up.

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