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

12 January 2018

Intel announced a partnership with Ferrari North America on Monday to introduce a new version of its video-capturing drones, called "Shooting Star Mini". The display followed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's keynote speech at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo.

The light shows are the first instance that coordinated drones have flown over Las Vegas Boulevard. The Mini, Intel says, fits in the palm of your hand. These Shooting Stars are basically self-flying aerial vehicles that use navigation and Global Positioning System sensors technology to avoid crashing into each other. Intel designed the mini quadcopter specifically with indoor flight in mind, downsizing the drone's size while adding safety features, including propeller guards. Intel said the software allows for complex show design in weeks rather than months. Firstly, these drones are smaller than the original Shooting Star model, and secondly, this was all done indoors. 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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At least one other resident of Country Club Road had her auto carried away too but luckily she wasn't inside it. Wendy Peters' vehicle was parked near her home when it was picked up and carried off.

Intel isn't saying what advancements were made to bring the drone show indoors.

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. Two-hundred and fifty drones were choreographed to Stargazing by Kygo, creating an aerial dance over the Fountains of Bellagio.

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