In LA, on the night of Sept. 14, masses of people were left speechless after they witnessed an amazing choreographed drone display.
The amazing event took place at Dodger Stadium, and it celebrated the well-known comic book superhero. You might worry that it could have been the Bat Signal, calling for Batman. It was, actually, the Wonder Woman’s trademark “W” logo, made by a group of 300 illuminated drones.
All this seemingly expensive show came to life after a partnership between Intel’s drone team and Warner Bros. The occasion celebrates tomorrow’s U.S. release of “Wonder Woman” film. The spectacular show included shapes of Wonder Woman’s belt in 3D, an image of Wonder Woman kneeling with her sword pointing down and the superhero’s logo.
You might remember Intel’s Drone Team from the dramatic effect during Lady Gaga’s halftime show, at Super Bowl. The project’s name is “Shooting Star”, and it consists of multiple LED-carrying drones, which are all controlled by a single operator.
Even if the show only used 300 devices, the “Shooting Star” project is capable of controlling about 10,000 LED-carrying drones at the same time.
This is my type of army, the one that shines bright and causes no harm. Also, as you might guess, a lot of work has been put into this project.
Patty Jenkins, the director of the movie, shared some incredible images that you can watch on her Twitter account. The video shows members of Intel’s “drone team” preparing for the event, carrying out the materials and calibrating the software they use to control the coordinated flight patterns.
There you can watch a footage of a team member that uses displayed animated models of the Shooting Star army just as the drones moved into their specific position. The astonishing sight was being mirrored above by the real drones, as they lighted up the night’s sky.
The drones that were used for “Shooting Star” project are lightweight quadcopters, built only from foam and plastic, and they weigh only 12 ounces (or 330 grams). The team from Intel designed the drones to carry LEDs and amaze people with their light shows. They have the potential to generate more than 4 billion combinations of color, based on blue, green, white and red – according to Intel.
If you happen to use the software for the animation interface, you can not only coordinate the fleet of drones but also do it at a fast rate, meaning that it is possible to design an incredibly complex choreographed aerial show. These days you can do it a lot faster than it was possible in the past, told Intel’s team.
Intel is known to set records, but did you know that in 2016, they set a world record for the number of drones controlled by a single crew member, using only a laptop?
The number is 500 “Shooting Star” drones that took part in a display over a sports field in Krailling, Germany.
We hope that the number will increase significantly in the future.