Indoor fireworks? Intel broke records with 100-drone light show at CES


On Sunday night, Intel flew 100 Shooting Star Mini drones indoors at CES in Las Vegas, after CEO Brian Krzanich delivered a keynote address which included an assurance that fixing Intel's recent security flaws has been an absolute priority. The feat is on track to becoming a new Guinness World Record for the most drones flown indoors by a single pilot. The Mini, Intel says, fits in the palm of your hand. It is designed with safety and creativity in mind with a super-lightweight structure and propeller guards.

Using software, a single person can create a light show with a large fleet of the tiny drones.

Called the Shooting Star Mini (the outdoor version is called Shooting Star), this system uses a different type of location detection system when GPS is unavailable. The brand had debuted at the halftime show at the last Superbowl with its drone-based light shows, seems to have now added a lot more to the latest device.

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The new indoor flight record follows Intel's own outdoor record of 500 drones, set in 2016 in Germany. Intel and Ferrari announced a three-year partnership at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to implement artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology to help refine drivers' skills and improve the fan experience at races.

If you're heading to CES, you haven't missed it: the show will take place twice a day until Thursday. Two-hundred and fifty drones were choreographed to Stargazing by Kygo, creating an aerial dance over the Fountains of Bellagio. Instead, they're just here for these kinds of light shows.