There is an unwritten rule that every Olympics opening ceremony must attempt to outdo the one that preceded it. Indeed, organizers literally spend years trying to figure out ways to showcase this prestigious series of events that go back to ancient Greece. And with each presentation of the games, technology is utilized in a way that helps to grow interest in the games. The substance of the games is importance but so is the pomp and circumstance. Not by coincidence light has long played a part in creating an entertaining display that visitors can behold. (After all, the lighting of a torch is one of the key events at the start of the games.) This year, we saw an unprecedented display of light technology at the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This year’s games were set off by a high-tech and indeed nearly magical display of light technology as 1218 drones flew over the venue to set a world record for unmanned vehicles airborne at the same time. (A similar feat was done at Lady Gaga’s 2017 half-time Super bowl performance.) Even though the event was prerecorded performance, mainly to avoid the harsh weather conditions expected during the opening ceremony, this did not take away from the technological importance of this achievement. Moreover, it amply demonstrates how dependent we are on light to illuminate, entertain and set the mood for many events.
How it was Done
Technology leader Intel sponsored the event and it says it will continue to that the drones were controlled from a central computer system which coordinated the drones’ flight utilizing GPS technology. Intel ran test for many month before decided whether the drones would be capable of flying in the windy conditions of Pyeongchang. Intel has been chastised by some in the technology media because the event was pre-recorded but this was done as a precaution. Despite this criticism, Intel’s display set a Guinness Book of World Records for number of drones in flight at one time. This previous record was set in 2016 by 500 drones Intel had sent into flight.
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