Intel sets world record by flying 100 mini drones for light show

The Shooting Star Mini is tiny and absolutely safe to fly indoors

Intel created an entirely new entertainment concept by producing drone-based light shows featuring hundreds of Intel Shooting Star drones all controlled by one pilot. On Sunday night, Intel flew 100 Shooting Star Mini drones indoors at CES in Las Vegas, after CEO Brian Krzanich delivered a keynote address which included an assurance that fixing Intel's recent security flaws has been an absolute priority.

Specifically, drivers participating in and fans watching the Ferrari Challenge North America series will see Intel's technology first hand. At that time Intel engineers told me that the system can control an unlimited amount of drones.

Indoor drone flight is hard because of a lack of access to Global Positioning System, smaller spaces and of course, obstacles like walls and ceilings. Firstly, these drones are smaller than the original Shooting Star model, and secondly, this was all done indoors. Intel said the software allows for complex show design in weeks rather than months. These drones have the ability to create up to 4 billion color combinations and create dazzling visual effects.

The new indoor flight record follows Intel's own outdoor record of 500 drones, set in 2016 in Germany. The record has since been broken by the Chinese drone company Ehang with 1,000 drones during the Chinese Lantern Festival in 2017.

If you're heading to CES, you haven't missed it: the show will take place twice a day until Thursday. We've seen Intel perform synchronized drone light shows before; previous 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.

Instead, they are just designed for these kinds of light shows.

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