Intel sets world record for indoor drones

  • Intel sets world record for indoor drones

Intel sets world record for indoor drones

Drone light shows have become a pretty popular marketing ploy for companies like Intel, who can show off their sophisticated software platforms required to pull off synchronizations of this scale.

The Shooting Stars are the same drones that Intel sent skyward for last year's Super Bowl half-time show, featuring Lady Gaga. The innovation here? They're tiny and totally safe to fly indoors, above the heads of the audience. The drones are custom-built for entertainment purposes and feature a lightweight structure and emit more than 4 billion color combinations. They can also locate themselves in space without the need of Global Positioning System.

After the first official public day of CES (the show has technically been on since Sunday), Intel sent 250 of its Shooting Star Drones over one of Las Vegas' most recognisable landmarks. Intel worked around those difficulties by creating a new system specifically allowing drones to be choreographed while avoiding obstacles, aptly named the Indoor Location System. The song they danced to was Kygo's "Stargazing," of course.

CEO Brian Krzanich says, "This is not the type of drone you can buy in the store".

Instead, they are just designed for these kinds of light shows. The user can pre-program a routine into the system and then set a swarm of them out into the air rather than control each individually.

Intel did indeed lit the night sky with the squad of synchronized drones. The feat is on track to becoming a new Guinness World Record for the most drones flown indoors by a single pilot.