Intel taught 250 drones to fly together and it was breathtaking

Pat Wise
January 12, 2018

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.

One of those would be a drone light show that is taking place above the famous Bellagio Fountains on the Las Vegas Strip for the next 3 nights.

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Indoor drone flight is hard because of a lack of access to Global Positioning System, smaller spaces and of course, obstacles like walls and ceilings. These Shooting Stars are basically self-flying aerial vehicles that use navigation and Global Positioning System sensors technology to avoid crashing into each other. Just days into the new year, researchers revealed a design technique used in chips from Intel (as well as those from other suppliers including Arm) could allow hackers to access data from the memory on devices.

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Using software, a single person can create a light show with a large fleet of the tiny drones. The drones can create more than 4 billion color combinations and dazzling visual effects. Intel says a single pilot can fly up to 100 of them at once. The record has since been broken by the Chinese drone company Ehang with 1,000 drones during the Chinese Lantern Festival in 2017.

The drones were performing to a special version of the song Stargazing, by Kygo. The show continues with two performances every night through Thursday, January 11 during CES.

Now even PwC is droning on about drones, it isn't often they get us excited these days - unless, that is, they are breaking records with mesmerising light shows.

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