"It's been exciting for us to partner with Intel on the Winter Olympics, as they continue to push the limits with their advanced drone light show technologies", said Sam Prosser, commercial director EMEA APAC Guinness World Records.
In addition to the opening ceremony, the drones will be used throughout the games, creating light-filled formations every night from February 10 to February 24 during the nightly victory ceremonies. The added numbers just increase the resolution and quality of the image. The company even ran tests in the equally chilly Finland to make sure that the aerial fleet could hold up.
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You can read an in-depth explanation of how Intel made everything work, setting a record for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously", here. They'll pop up throughout the Winter Olympics during medal ceremonies.
"The planning was very intense, and we had to send teams on the ground very early", Intel's chief strategy officer, Aicha Evans, told the newspaper before word came that the live show had been scrapped. 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.
Each drone weighs about as much as a volleyball and is fitted with LEDs that can beam any shape with 4 billion color combinations.