Record-breaking drone show lights up Winter Olympics opening ceremony

There might be an asterisk in the record book, however: The show didn't actually take place at today's opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea. Besides the impressive feats of athleticism, on-lookers are always excited for the alluring opening ceremony.

The synchronized drone show has gotten the public wondering about the mechanics behind the performance, which will be added to the Guinness World Records for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously". You might remember a similar spectacle at Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, but that only involved about 300 drones.

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USA viewers tuned in to a tape-delayed broadcast on Friday night that showed rehearsal footage from December, when Intel's light show broke the Guinness World Record for flying the most drones, 1,280, simultaneously.

The drones are controlled through an automated software program, though they do have one pilot for backup, Intel said.

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A record-setting 1,218 drones shot into the sky and traveled to a nearby ski slope, first taking on the shape of a moving snowboarder and later rearranging themselves into the iconic interlocking five Olympic rings. Hot of the back of a drone display at CES in Las Vegas, they are using the drone displays to begin conversations about their technology and are even showing off the future of connectivity with a 5G demonstration at the Olympics Winter Games. "Not unlike the athletes competing in the events, we continue to push to innovate and develop the drone technologies that inspire people all over the world".

Intel's Shooting Star drones are designed specifically for entertainment purposes, providing an indoor-outdoor alternative to fireworks.

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Intel Capital has also invested in ventures ranging from Yuneec for hobbyist drones, to PrecisionHawk for aerial surveys, to Volocopter for air taxis.

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