A record-setting 1,218 drones shot into the sky and traveled to a nearby ski slope, first taking on the shape of a moving snowboarder and later rearranging themselves into the iconic interlocking five Olympic rings.
"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".
The drone performance was put on by Intel, which has been delivering similarly impressive drone-based light performances over the last few years.
And because the drones rely on lithium-ion batteries that don't always do well in the bitter cold during PyeongChang winters, Intel intc tested the drones in Finland to evaluate their performance under similar conditions.
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The XXIII Olympic Winter Games is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25.
The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony. 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.
The Intel Shooting Star drones are a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specifically designed for entertainment purposes, equipped with LED lights that can create countless colour combinations and easily be programmed for any animation. Intel also adds that it will be putting on a live 300-drone show each evening of the Olympics for the day's medal ceremony.
"Because the event was organized by South Korea, I naturally thought the technology would have come from Korean tech firms".
Intel is the official drone partner of the Olympic games. That didn't keep the television network from highlighting the moment.