Drones Mix Technology and Art


I came across an article recently describing how Intel with Ars Electronica Futurelab had put together a drone light show to rival fireworks displays. This show utilized 100 quadcopters equiped with LED lighting. They make up the “Spaxels” (three dimensional pixels) that Ars Electronica then used to ‘draw’ figures in the air. Are Electronica has been presenting Spaxel based performances since 2012.

The Drone 100 show was held at Flugplatz Ahrenlohe, Tornesch, Germany last November. Video footage of the event was first publicly shown at CES last week during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address. What sets this performance apart is that it set the Guinness record for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously. You can see a video of the brief drone performance
at Ars Electronica’s web site.

I don’t know if drone performances like this will replace traditional fireworks displays, but I can certainly see where shows of this type could find their way into all sorts of events. I look forward to seeing one in person, hopefully soon.

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