RGB LED-bearing drones synchronize into gigantic display

November 17, 2016 // By Julien Happich
RGB LED-bearing drones synchronize into gigantic display
Earlier this month, Intel broke its own Guinness World Record for the most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously, synchronizing from one laptop 500 of its purposely designed drones into an aerial choreography.

Designed to be lightweight, the Intel Shooting Star drone is composed of a Styrofoam body and plastics and weighs in at just 280 grams, including the RGB LED light bulb programmable to create over 4 billion color combinations. Seen as a safer and more precise alternative to fireworks, the hundreds of drones could be controlled to create new forms of entertainment, turning the sky into a 3D matrix with individually addressable pixels.


After this demonstration of in-flight coordination, Intel is now encouraging the entertainment industry to use its drones, Disney being its first commercial partner.

At Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, the two companies have demonstrated publicly how the drones can be used to create customizable commercial entertainment light shows, with 300 lit drones simultaneously controlled into a choreographed aerial performance. The “Starbright Holidays” show creates bright images across the sky at the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment district.

 The show marks the U.S. public debut of the new drone specifically designed for entertainment purposes such as festivals, air and light shows.

“We are excited to work with Walt Disney Imagineering to bring a fresh and innovative approach to its world-renowned light shows,” said senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group, Josh Walden. “Together, we worked to tackle a new frontier in entertainment, picturing the sky as our canvas and flying lights as ink”, Walden said in a company statement.

With the improved software and interface, a light show can now be done in a matter of days, instead of weeks or months, the company claims. Additionally, all 300 Intel Shooting Star drones can easily be controlled by one computer. They have an autonomy up to 20 minutes.

Visit Intel at www.intel.com

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