Winter Olympics: Drone display in opening ceremony was pre-recorded

Winter Olympics: Drone display in opening ceremony was pre-recorded

The light show used Intel's Shooting Star drones, which were also featured in Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show a year ago, and at Intel's CES keynote back in January. However, the company is planning on doing smaller-scale, 300-drone shows during the medal ceremonies and it has tweaked the Shooting Star's design a little in order to accommodate South Korea's weather conditions.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25.

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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".

The feat was a Guinness World Record for drones used in a performance, reported BBC. Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings.

Intel's Shooting Star drones are created to put on a synchronized show.

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Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations. Pyeongchang was chosen in 2011 for the event, making this the first time for South Korea to host the Winter Olympics. Previously held by Intel's high water mark of 500 drones flying together in 2016, the 1,218 drone flight will be a historic one.

Intel is the official drone partner of the Olympic games. 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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