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

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The new Intel Indoor Location System powers the Intel Shooting Star Mini drones, which can navigate indoors without GPS navigation technology to create cool light shows. We've seen Intel perform synchronized drone light shows before; a year ago at Coachella, in Singapore last August, and to promote the Warner Bros. home video release of Wonder Woman (2017) in Los Angeles last September. A single pilot can fly up to 100 of them at once. The Mini, Intel says, fits in the palm of your hand.

The new Intel Indoor Location System powering the Intel Shooting Star Mini drones expands Intel's possibilities for entertainment by allowing the drones to maintain position and navigate indoors without GPS to create handsome drone light shows.

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The light shows are the first instance that coordinated drones have flown over Las Vegas Boulevard. Intel said the software allows for complex show design in weeks rather than months. These drones had LED lights that could shine in one of 4 billion colors. Continue reading about Intel's new drone. The record has since been broken by the Chinese drone company Ehang with 1,000 drones during the Chinese Lantern Festival in 2017. The song they danced to was Kygo's "Stargazing," of course.

If you're heading to CES, you haven't missed it: the show will take place twice a day until Thursday.

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According to Slate, the 100 Shooting Star Minis flew above the audience at Intel's CES panel inside the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and were controlled entirely by one operator alone. While not available for consumers, the system, designed specifically for light shows, appears to be expanding to more venues.

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