Intel has announced its new ‘Shooting Star’ aerial drone that isn’t meant for aerial photography or aerial-sensing, but tailor-made for light shows. Intel’s new quad-copter aims too redefine entertainment and new possibilities with light shows in the night sky.
“Recently, we put the fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones to the test in Germany and we were able to achieve what no one else has done before. We set a new Guinness World Record for having The Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously with 500 Intel Shooting Star drones lighting up the night sky. We outdid our own previous record of 100 drones in-flight simultaneously in less than a year,” said Intel in a press release.
The Shooting Star is Intel’s first venture into the entertainment light show business. The company says that the drone is designed keeping in mind creativity and safety. The Shooting Star features a light-weight structure and has ‘virtually limitless colour combinations.’ Intel has asked for a waiver from US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly the drones at night, to demonstrate the capability of the drone cluster.
Intel just last month unveiled its first consumer drone, the Yuneec Typhoon H – featuring the company’s RealSense technology. The company also has a drone for commercial use, called the Falcon 8+. Falcon 8+ was introduced in North American markets in October, and comes with ‘complete flight system redundancies built-in’. The US tech giant has recently acquired MAVinci GmbH, a drone company based in Germany that comes with what Intel calls the “best-in-class” flight panning software.