Drones Light Up Coachella Sky

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This past Sunday marked Intel’s second performance at one of the biggest music festivals in the world, the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Coachella is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music.

Intel pushes the creative boundary and makes each performance unique to its venue. For Coachella, the company decided not to go bigger, but to instead go live. The surprise live performance took place during Odesza’s A Moment Apart tour act and completely blew away the crowd. It featured 420 of Intel’s Shooting Star drones that danced around the sky and formed Odesza’s intricate geometric logo.

Tthe Shooting Star Mini Drone is a lightweight quadcopter specifically designed for light shows. Its companion software automates the animation process, telling the drone horde where to fly to create an intended image — it’ll even choose drones based on remaining battery life and GPS reception quality. Light shows that took weeks to design can now be ready in a matter of days, Intel says. You only need one pilot to run everything, and the LED light at the heart of the drone can shine in any of 4 billion color combinations.

Check out the videos below and let us know what you think!

Video Credit: JoanJetsetter via YouTube


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