Nevertheless, the opening ceremony was sumptuous, as always. And the plan was to make it even more so with the help of Intel and its Shooting Platform legion of drones.
The idea was simple. Use a record-breaking 1,218 drones to draw different messages in the skies above the Olympic stadium. And what a sight that would have been!
Unfortunately for the tech company, last-minute logistical challenges, as well as the opposition of the Olympic organizing committee, have led to the cancelation of those plans.
What then did the world see on TV screens during the opening ceremony? According to USA Today, a pre-recorded show, shot in December last year in PyeongChang and aired on NBC’s tape-delayed broadcast in the United States.
Still, the feat achieved by Intel in December is still record-breaking. According to the company, the number of drones flying at the same time represented the “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.”
For the Winter Olympics, and at the request of the organizing committee, Intel plans to have 300 drones in the air each day. It is unclear whether the company will be able to live up to its promise.