Coordinated Dancing Drones at the Super Bowl
If you missed one of the biggest sporting events this year, and their even bigger and always highly anticipated halftime show, you missed a show worth seeing. Do yourself a favour and search YouTube. The NFL Super Bowl LI (or 51 for us non-romans) contained an epic show by superstar Lady Gaga. Another show stealer was the halftime Super Bowl show with synchronised drones that sent our Facebook feed into a spin! This is a small collection just 20 minutes after the epic flying Lady Gaga and drone show:
Lady Gaga and her naturally amazing voice aside, a few minutes of the show was dedicated to a huge number of drones above NRG Stadium in Texas lit up and dancing to the music.
Who is behind the neat halftime Super Bowl drone and light show?
Intel Corporation, the tech company behind this show (and probably most of your computers), started promoting their synchro-drone show a few months ago and it’s pretty impressive to watch. Matt Burns from TechCrunch wrote a story on these drones back in November, 2016. This is his image (and hand), not ours:
Apparently, these little creatures are polystyrene and mostly snap together plastic. With those prop guards we’re thinking they wouldn’t cause too much damage if one were to fall (float?) out of the sky.
SPOILER ALERT! The Super Bowl halftime drone show was pre-recorded.
Curious to find out more about Intel’s drone show? Here’s a few FAQs:
How many drones were used?
Are there 300 operators?
No, They are controlled through a pre-mapped technology similar to that of a light show (think DMX512 – automation control technology, Google it)
What if they crash into each other?
That would be awkward and dangerous to those below. These drones do not contain sensors or collision avoidance, but the software maps each drones unique path.
How many LEDs are there?
I don’t know, but our expert in the office (me) says; “lots, or it could be one…”. I’m pretty sure it’s just one big LED on the bottom”.
Can I buy one?
No not presently. Intel are still developing this technology and currently only use these drones in a promotional and development capacity. Although, you can buy one with even more advanced technology. The DJI Mavic Pro can fly several kilometres (or a few miles) from where you are, it has collision avoidance (like the sensors), and can fly where ever you say by the use of GPS.
Intel now make drones?
Believe it or not, Intel actually own Yuneec International (another major manufacturer of professional and hobby drones). Plus, they have the resources and ability to design and develop their own drone technology.
These drones have been around for a few months and have been touted as a possible replacement for fireworks. Pretty cool use of drone technology though!
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