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Intel Drones Will Fly at the Olympics

Will a drone carry the Olympic torch?

June 22, 2017

Intel and the International Olympic Committee announced yesterday a new partnership, which will last through 2024. Intel also announced its drones will fly at the Olympic Games ― though it doesn’t say exactly which games the drones will perform at. (Fingers crossed they'll fly at the 2018 games.)

“We are excited to join the Olympic Movement and integrate Intel’s innovative technologies to advance the Olympic Games experience for fans around the world,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel's CEO, in a news release. “Through this close collaboration with the Olympic family, we will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world’s largest athletic stage.”

According to the news release, the drones will “create never-seen-before images in the sky.” Maybe Intel’s Shooting Star drones will fly in the formation of the Olympic rings or recreate each participating country’s flag? In addition to drones, Intel will also bring its 5G platforms, virtual reality, 3D and 360-degree content platforms, and artificial intelligence platforms to the Olympics.

Intel flew 100 drones simultaneously in January last year, and 500 drones not long after. Its Shooting Star drones performed at the 2017 Coachella music festival and even helped Lady Gaga entertain TV viewers during this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance.  Here’s what the Intel Shooting Star drones are capable of:

Intel has created custom drones in the past, like the one below that drops a basketball, so perhaps the drones won't be limited to just performing light shows. Maybe Intel will create custom drones for the games that could carry the Olympic torch?

Drone light shows could be the beginning for drones at the Olympics ― wouldn’t drone racing be a nice addition to the games? Here’s a guide to getting started with drone racing, so you can begin training for your place on the podium.
Featured image: IOC/Greg Martin