The Olympic ring symbol of the games had plans to receive a high-tech presentation at Friday’s opening ceremony. A flight of more than 1,200 automated Intel (INTC) drones were to appeare in the shape of the five rings during the kickoff broadcast of the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
A smaller live 300-drone performance was planned for attendees at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, but was called off at the last minute. An Intel spokeswoman did not say why the show was scratched. “The Olympics is all about pushing boundaries,” “We wanted to do something the world has never seen before.” Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel’s Drone Group said.
The performance requires three employees to monitor the drones, and Olympic volunteers to help set them up. One human employee, dubbed the pilot, hits a button on a computer to launch the automated show.
The tech company is planning daily drone performances for attendees throughout the Winter Games that will last for three to five minutes, weather permitting.
The demonstrations are a significant advancement from Intel’s earliest drone light shows, which began in 2016. It’s now executed 160 shows, from Singapore’s 2017 National Day Parade to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and in more than other 10 countries.