Intel sets world record by flying 100 mini drones for light show

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Intel has always been proud of its drone-based light shows - including airing a (pre-taped) halftime show at the last Super Bowl. Intel noted, "A single pilot can fly up to 100 of them at once". 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. A scaled-down version of that system now works indoors, Intel says, making it flawless for conferences, Vegas shows and bar mitzvahs.

The light shows are the first instance that coordinated drones have flown over Las Vegas Boulevard.

The new indoor flight record follows Intel's own outdoor record of 500 drones, set in 2016 in Germany. Just days into the new year, researchers revealed a design technique used in chips from Intel (as well as those from other suppliers including Arm) could allow hackers to access data from the memory on devices. The record has since been broken by the Chinese drone company Ehang with 1,000 drones during the Chinese Lantern Festival in 2017.

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At a theater in the Monte Carlo hotel, the drones took off indoors and put on an aerial show. They danced on the Kygo's "Stargazing" song.

Intel launched 250 Shooting Star drones over the Bellagio and synced up a dazzling display in the sky with the ever popular Fountains of Bellagio show. While not available for consumers, the system, designed specifically for light shows, appears to be expanding to more venues.