The Super Bowl LIII went off without a hitch this past weekend. During the sporting events and the festivities, drones took over. At Halftime, the arena spectators saw a dazzling display of drones flying through the air.
Super Bowl Halftime Shooting Stars
Intel’s Shooting Star drones hype up the crowd for these types of events. They have LED lights that can illuminate the night sky with ease. This means, of course, that they work best after sundown. However, they can still show their magic during the day, albeit at a slightly less-than-spectacular fashion. These LED lights can come in different colors and can change on cue. Using a program, an entire fleet of Shooting Star drones can seamlessly create patterns of shapes and images with the lights.
During this weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show, Intel showcased 150 of these drones in front of the roaring crowd. That, however, is not the largest collection of drones in one sitting. The world record for most drones used in a display consists of 2,018 flying drones by Intel again. This happened last year, during a celebration in Folsom, California.
A Future of Light
Compared to that, the Super Bowl Halftime version seems a bit small. It does however open more eyes to the public on the wonderful use of drones. With a lot of news these days surrounding drones tending to be rather awful, it is a nice change of pace.
You can expect more of these drone displays to come at outdoor celebrations in the near future. In fact, you do not even have to go outside to see them perform. Last year, plenty of drone shows occurred indoors – although there may be some limitations. For one, the ceiling has to be high enough for the drones to buzz around easily. Another is that it has to be up to code, regarding fire hazards and crowd limit as well. Drones still have strict limitations on indoor flight as well as flying over crowds. That may loosen in the future, depending on newer regulations.