Drone Displays formed the images in the dark sky at the Winter Olympics in the opening ceremony of a snowboarder and the five Olympic rings.
However the spectacular sight of 1,218 drones forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea, was pre-recorded.
Organisers had said that because of “possible freezing weather and strong winds” that part of the event had been “secretly pre-recorded”.
The International Olympic Committee said it was this footage that was used.
“Due to impromptu logistical changes it (drone display deployment) did not proceed,” said an IOC spokesman.
This was a Guinness World Record for drones used in a performance. The previous record was 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany.
But is shows the vulnerability of drone services to rain, cold weather or high winds.
The final TV images were the December rehearsal show the “Shooting Star” drones lighting up the sky with Olympic rings, a snowboarder and a dove.
Intel Drone weighs only 330gms with 1,218 drones in the sky at any one time controlled by 2 pilots.
Commentators are now calling drone displays as digital fireworks, giving multiple points of light in the sky.
Other Recent Drone Displays
Drone Displays have been used in the US in other events like the drones flanking Lady Gaga at the Superbowl half time show and the launch of the film Wonder Woman.
Intel seem to cornered the large event market with their UAV Equipment and Shooting Star platform, which enables a legion of foot-long, 330gm, plastic and foam quadcopters to fly in sync, swooping and swirling along an animator’s prescribed path using waypoints.
Since its debut, the Intel system has been used for more than 130 shows in the U.S., Asia and other countries.
“It’s in essence technology meeting art,” says Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel’s drone group. The variety of colour combinations come from the onboard LED’s.
The animators use 3D design software to draw the aerial images and then create the waypoints which give the image a great sense of depth.
As the designers program different patterns and lights, the software showed exactly how that would look in the sky without a drone taking off. A key safety feature of the system is that it does no let any two drones exist in the same location.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Handbag Drone
Another first at Dolce & Gabbana’s February 2018 show during Milan Fashion Week was drones carrying and modelling handbags down the catwalk.
Putting on the drone fashion show appeared difficult, it was delayed for 45 minutes due to repeated announcements that all WiFi connections had to be turned off.
Roy Horton writes about Drone News, Drone Photography and UAV Equipment for Drone Photography Services.