Record-breaking drone show lights up Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Olympic athletes to watch as they represent African nations in PyeongChang

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The world record flight was prerecorded for the event.

An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded.

The drones are lightweight and are the only ones of their kind, built specifically for outdoor light shows, according to Intel.

Following the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony, Intel ran a 30-second ad spot featuring the power of Intel Shooting Star drones and their unique entertainment possibilities.

The drones themselves were just a foot long and weighed eight ounces, but thanks to Intel's Shooting Star service, which controls the drones in unison, more than a thousand can take to the sky to create visual experiences. Intel holds the current record after 500 drones were flown simultaneously for a light show in Krailling, Germany, on October 7, the spokeswoman said.

Olympic athletes to watch as they represent African nations in PyeongChang

As impressive as the drone performance might be, Intel isn't done. Everything is managed from a central computer system, which coordinates the drones on the fly based on things like individual battery life and GPS signal.

We've seen these Shooting Star drones from Intel in action several times before, and their latest outing is part of a deal between Intel and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations. "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". For more information on Intel's TOP worldwide sponsorship, visit the company's Olympic Games news portal, which includes an interactive map of Intel's activities in PyeongChang. They'll pop up throughout the Winter Olympics during medal ceremonies.

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of technology to make the most unbelievable experiences possible.

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