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

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Intel broke world records with a 500-drone light show, but the company's latest drone record involves fewer drones with a bigger challenge: Indoor flight.

The tech giant, Intel created a spectacular view of a swarm of 250 mini-drones flying together in the air at the CES 2018. The Mini, Intel says, fits in the palm of your hand.

Intel says drones working with AI programs could provide drivers with real-time feedback, continuously analysing data streams to "find unexpected insights that the driver can use to improve".

Indoor drone flight is hard because of a lack of access to Global Positioning System, smaller spaces and of course, obstacles like walls and ceilings. Instead of using GPS to guide and synchronize the drone fleet's movements, Intel used a new location detection system developed in-house, as GPS isn't reliable enough indoors to risk a faulty presentation. Intel said the software allows for complex show design in weeks rather than months. The drones are custom-built for entertainment purposes and feature a lightweight structure and emit more than 4 billion color combinations.

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Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich announced a three-year partnership with Ferrari at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will work in two main areas: improving the TV spectacle of Ferrari's one-make series, and helping improve the performance of customers who race Ferrari 488 coupes.

At a theater in the Monte Carlo hotel, the drones took off indoors and put on an aerial show.

Show times are at 8 and 10 p.m. January 9-11.

The drones were performing to a special version of the song Stargazing, by Kygo.

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