Gone are those days when drones could only be used for capturing videos, delivering pizza, watching your house, or tracking mines. Those little unmanned aerial vehicles are now the source of your entertainment thanks to Intel, the chipmaker company that unveiled a drone to light up the sky. Aptly named the Shooting Star, this tiny quadcopter drone is designed specifically for light shows in the night sky.
The Shooting Star
Each of the drones is loaded with full-color-range LED lights, enough to shine in any 4 billion color combinations. Unlike Intel’s industrial-grade Falcon 8 drone, the Shooting Star drones don’t use Real Sense, a technology that lets drones weave between obstacles without being piloted. Instead, they are entirely controlled by a PC from the ground.
Intel designed its first entertainment drone with safety and creativity in mind. The lightweight drone is made out of foam, flexible plastic and caged propellers to ensure the safety of the audience below. However, rather than hardware offerings, Intel is better known for what it puts inside the computers that control it. The company’s companion software automates its animation process, telling the Shooting Star drones where to fly to create the desired image. And, you only need one pilot to run the drone horde. They can fly up to 22 miles per hour and most importantly they are splash proof, means a little rain won’t ruin the perfect big night.
It’s time to break the record
In early October, Intel flew 500 Shooting Star drones with the help of just one pilot, breaking its own Guinness Book of World Records of flying 100 drones in a swarm early in 2016. They performed the record-breaking flight in a small town outside of Munich, Germany, with a waiver from local regulators.
None of the Shooting Stars and the Falcon 8+ is available for sale. Also, there’s no news on how Intel plans to bring this amazing piece of technology in the market. So, until users get any clarity on how they can but the drones, this is just a demonstration to awe people with truly complex patterns of light using 500 drones.