The tech giant tried to forget its high-profile security dramas by staging a glittering drone light show over the fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Intel broke world records with a 500-drone light show, but the company's latest drone record involves fewer drones with a bigger challenge: Indoor flight. In the sky, they're geofenced into place (to prevent them roaming down the strip) and controlled by a single pilot.
Intel sent 250 of its Shooting Star drones over the Bellagio to celebrate CES 2018. A scaled-down version of that system now works indoors, Intel says, making it flawless for conferences, Vegas shows and bar mitzvahs. These Shooting Stars are basically self-flying aerial vehicles that use navigation and Global Positioning System sensors technology to avoid crashing into each other.
Using software, a single person can create a light show with a large fleet of the tiny drones. The drones used in the show are custom-built for entertainment purposes with a lightweight structure and emit more than 4 billion color combinations.
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At a theater in the Monte Carlo hotel, the drones took off indoors and put on an aerial show. Intel and Ferrari announced a three-year partnership at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to implement artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology to help refine drivers' skills and improve the fan experience at races. The song they danced to was Kygo's "Stargazing," of course.
The performances can be seen at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday tied to the annual CES show.
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