Watch 1218 drones form the Olympic rings during Opening Ceremony

Watch 1218 drones form the Olympic rings during Opening Ceremony

Thousands of Intel's drones light up the sky in the shape of the iconic Olympic rings during the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Friday.

"I was extremely impressed by the drone light show at the Olympics opening ceremony", said Lee Jae-yeon, a 29-year-old South Korean female office worker in Seoul, who watched the opening ceremony via television on Friday.

According to Intel (and the Guinness Book of World Records), the 1,218-drone flight set a record for "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously", more than doubling Intel's previous high water mark of 500 drones flying together in a performance in Germany in 2016. As the artists programmed different patterns and lights, the software showed exactly how that would look in the sky without a single drone taking off.

"And while more drones does provide a broader canvas, it perhaps more importantly affords a better sense of depth".

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Get The Latest Sports Tech News In Your Inbox! That successful show was what USA viewers saw Friday night on NBC's delayed broadcast of the opening ceremony. The partnership covers VR tech, 360-degree videos, and of course the drone shows that wowed the audience last night.

One of those practice runs, in December, presumably involved the record-setting 1,218 drones. What an fantastic way to display just how far drone technology has come in the last few years.

"A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red... is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time", he said of the Olympic rings in 1931. It was unclear whether the logistical changes that sidelined the drone show was due to these systems issues.

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