Intel has unveiled their latest drone: the tiny Shooting Star Drone, designed for light shows with hundreds of drones.
Intel announced their new Shooting Star Drone on Nov. 4, 2016.
This is just the latest UAV announcement from a company which has been hugely investing in drone technologies, as proved by their recent product offerings and acquisitions in the commercial drone space.
— Intel Official News (@intelnews) November 4, 2016
The Shooting Star Drone is a tiny drone, weighing just 280 grams.
Constructed with a soft frame made of flexible plastics and foam, it doesn’t contain screws. Covered cages protect the propellers and all the features make the Shooting Star Drone safe to fly, even in light rain, and over crowds.
It has built-in LED lights that can create more than 4 billion color combinations based on RGBW (red, green, blue and white) LEDs:
It’s designed for light shows, as Anil Nanduri, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s UAV Segment, said to ZDNet:
“Think of it not just as a drone, but as a fleet of drones. It’s targeted and specially designed for a light show, and using that system we’ve already set a new Guinness World Record of 500 drones simultaneously flying.”
Intel has also designed a proprietary software and animation interface which allows for the creation of a light show in days.
The algorithms can determine how many drones are needed for a specific show, where they should fly and what flight path they should follow.
Intel’s software also runs a complete fleet check prior to each flight and is able to select the most optimized drones for each flight based on battery life, GPS reception and more. The entire fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones can be easily controlled by one computer.
The Shooting Star Drone will likely be used for entertainment in shows at theme parks, sports stadiums, and large public events, even if Intel still hasn’t officially unveiled how they plan to bring the Shooting Star drone technology to the market.