Intel’s Shooting Stars: Drone-based Firework Sky-Art

Intel and Disney are working together on a project that promises to replace fireworks with swarms of mini LED-carrying drones.

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Last year we put 100 drones in the sky and broke a world record. This year we set a new challenge: 500 drones. Watch our new world record performance in action. 

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Intel worked with Disney employees to design and produce the show at Disney World. It took five months to go from concept to the show, but only three weeks to design the aerial images thanks to the proprietary Intel software that does most of the heavy lifting.

The star of the show isn’t the drones; it’s the software. Built in-house at Intel, a series of programs gives one pilot control over a nearly limitless amount of drones. It’s built to scale, I’m told, and capable of controlling a force of more than 10,000 drones.

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