Indoor fireworks? Intel broke records with 100-drone light show at CES

James Marshall
January 12, 2018

The patterns and movements were all pre-programmed and overseen by one single drone operator sitting at a computer. Intel has always been proud of its drone-based light shows - including airing a (pre-taped) halftime show at the last Super Bowl.

Forget Spectre: Intel wants to bring back the art of the spectacle.

Speaking ahead of the display, the manager of Intel's drone light shows Natalie Cheung said the show was about using the sky as a 3D canvas for something creative. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich staged the 100 Shooting Star mini-drone light show at his opening keynote speech at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.

The drone market is rapidly growing in the world. This light show looked similar to a firework but it was a lot cooler than that.

The light shows have been featured at Disney Springs, Coachella Music Festival and during the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show with Lady Gaga. These Shooting Stars are basically self-flying aerial vehicles that use navigation and Global Positioning System sensors technology to avoid crashing into each other. In the sky, they're geofenced into place (to prevent them roaming down the strip) and controlled by a single pilot. At that time Intel engineers told me that the system can control an unlimited amount of drones. Last year, Intel showed up with around 300 of its Shooting Star drones. The drones are custom-built for entertainment purposes and feature a lightweight structure and emit more than 4 billion color combinations.

The performance of Intel can also be seen twice at 8 pm and 10 pm today at the Fountains of Bellagio.

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