Intel's drones light up Winter Olympics with record-breaking flight

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Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Check out this large-scale gizmo marvel. Intel also previously partnered with Disney for a 300-drone light show at Disney World in Orlando. An Intel spokeswoman confirmed to HuffPost that the maneuvers over Pyeongchang were prerecorded.

This surpassed Intel's previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany in 2016.

Programmed to form snowboarders, Olympic rings and a bird flapping its wings, Intel had planned to launch the drones during the Opening Ceremony as part of a live event, but due to an "impromptu logistical change", it was left to simply air a pre-recorded version instead. This time around it included a light show performance from Intel that used a record-setting 1,218 drones, all flying in sync to create imagery including the interlocking Olympic rings and sports events like snowboarding.

Wired reports that Intel made some minor adjustments to the drones' rotor cage design, allowing for more stability in the cold, windy climate.

Viewers of the opening ceremony at the Olympics got a new view of the evolution of drones.

"We are honoured to have Intel drones playing several roles at the Olympic Games", said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group.

Following the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony, Intel ran a 30-second ad spot featuring the power of Intel Shooting Star drones and their unique entertainment possibilities. The entire fleet is controlled by one pilot and one computer.

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