Intel flies 100 'shooting star' mini drones for light show


The Verge was one of the first to report that Intel's new drones have a pretty interesting new talent. We've seen Intel perform synchronized drone light shows before; past year at Coachella, in Singapore last August, and to promote the Warner Bros. home video release of Wonder Woman (2017) in Los Angeles last September. At CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week, the company set a world record for flying more than 100 drones from a single computer. The Shooting Star Mini is tiny and absolutely safe to fly indoors. Each Shooting Star Mini carries a light that can create more than four billion color combinations. They danced on the Kygo's "Stargazing" song. Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel said, "This is not the type of drone you can buy in the store".

Instead, the fleet of 250 drones is programmed using Intel animation software, with every movement perfectly timed and coordinated in advance by Intel's in-house team of animators. While not available for consumers, the system, designed specifically for light shows, appears to be expanding to more venues. By preprogramming a routine into the system and setting a swarm of them out into the air, you can enable Shooting Star Mini drones to be going out and follow the choreography. In the sky, they're geofenced into place (to prevent them roaming down the strip) and controlled by a single pilot.

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Intel says drones equipped with number-crunching AI programs could spped up the process thanks to real-time data analysis that may "find unexpected insights that the driver can use to improve".