Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Features Light Display with 1,218 Drones

intel shooting star drone used at the Pyeongchang olympics
Intel Corporation

A “record-setting” light display consisting of 1,218 drones was revealed during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at6gFAhAvYo

Though Wired notes that similar drone displays “have taken place before,” the display featured during the opening ceremony is reportedly “record-setting,” and other drone displays will be revealed “nightly for the medal ceremonies.”

“The drones can typically fly for a little under 20 minutes, given the limitations of current lithium-ion battery technology,” Wired explained. “They also generally launch at a bit of a distance from the actual performance area, cutting showtime even tighter. But those handicaps apply equally to any drone show.”

During the show, the 1,218 drones moved into the form of a snowboarder, before becoming the Olympic Rings.

“In order to create a real and lifelike version of the snowboarder with more than 1,200 drones, our animation team used a photo of a real snowboarder in action to get the perfect outline and shape in the sky,” claimed Intel’s general manager of drone light shows, Natalie Cheung.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington, or like his page at Facebook.

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