Intel flies 100 'shooting star' mini drones for light show


Remember Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show with the drones that made the light show? On Sunday night, Intel flew 100 Shooting Star Mini drones indoors at CES in Las Vegas, after CEO Brian Krzanich delivered a keynote address which included an assurance that fixing Intel's recent security flaws has been an absolute priority.

Technology giant Intel staged the glittering show over the iconic fountains, in which 250 of its "Shooting Star Drones" formed different shapes in the sky. In the sky, they're geofenced into place (to prevent them roaming down the strip) and controlled by a single pilot. Instead of using GPS to guide and synchronize the drone fleet's movements, Intel used a new location detection system developed in-house, as GPS isn't reliable enough indoors to risk a faulty presentation.

Intel previously set a Guinness World Records title when the company flew 500 Intel Shooting Star drones simultaneously on 7 October 2016, outdoors in Hamburg, Germany. The drones can create ore than 4 billion color combinations and create dazzling visual effects. In doing so, it beat its own previous record of 100 drones in less than a year. Continue reading about Intel's new drone.

The drones were performing to a special version of the song Stargazing, by Kygo.

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. While not available for consumers, the system, designed specifically for light shows, appears to be expanding to more venues.