Intel's New Shooting Star Mini Drones Really Put On A Show

Olive Hawkins
January 12, 2018

The patterns and movements were all pre-programmed and overseen by one single drone operator sitting at a computer. Weighing in at roughly 300 grams (just over 10 ounces), the drones are designed specifically for Intel's light shows, so they aren't weighed down with features like Global Positioning System or additional sensors.

The partnership includes Intel-powered AI and drones that will help racers become better drivers in real time and augment the broadcast experience. Today at its CES keynote, the company introduced a new version of those drones, called "Shooting Star Mini".

The light shows are the first instance that coordinated drones have flown over Las Vegas Boulevard. These Shooting Stars are basically self-flying aerial vehicles that use navigation and Global Positioning System sensors technology to avoid crashing into each other.

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Complex algorithms could also find subtle changes in data that humans may miss, helping flawless a vehicle's setup as well as the driver's technique. This light show looked similar to a firework but it was a lot cooler than that.

Remember Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show with the drones that made the light show? The Shooting Stars swarm could be controlled by a single operator. A dozen or so took the stage and danced above a projected piano, playing a tune reminiscent of Tom Hanks' performance in Big. Continue reading about Intel's new drone.

How much does it cost to rent an indoor Intel drone show? 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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