Intel's drone light show breaks all records at 2018 Winter Olympics

Marie Harrington
February 11, 2018

One of the most mesmerizing moments of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday was the image of more than 1,200 drones working in unison to make the image of a snowboarder that then transformed into the Olympic rings.

A company spokeswoman confirmed to USA TODAY that it had to scrap the live show, but did not respond to a request for a more detailed explanation of what caused the last-minute challenges. 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. "We knew we'd need to understand the wind - it's very windy up here, and we had to understand the impact of the (cold) temperature".

In fact, the tech giant launched 1,280 of its drones in December in Pyeongchang and pre-recorded the light show that aired on NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the United States.

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

"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. It features built-in LED lights able to create over 4 billion color combinations. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said Saturday that the drones were not deployed Friday night because of an "impromptu logistical change". Intel's record-setting drone show as prerecorded but the company will be putting up smaller drones shows every evening during the event, weather permitting.

"We are excited to be part of the Olympic Movement to integrate Intel's innovative technologies to advance the Olympics Games experience for fans around the world".

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