High-tech drones steal the show at the Winter Olympics

The opening ceremony of any Olympics provides pageantry at a global scale, a celebration that, at its best, can create moments every bit as indelible as the games themselves. For the Pyeongchang Games, those watching the curtain-raiser at home also witnessed a sight never seen before: a record-setting 1,218 drones joined in a mechanical murmuration.

Video Source: Good Morning America

Text Source: wired.com
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"Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and um, screaming." - Dr. Ian Malcolm

SFOGuysays...

So; I understand this was all sort of manufactured for the broadcast? Or more properly: because people were standing underneath the drone area during opening ceremonies, NBC fell back on video tape of the dress rehearsal?
Anyone else understand this to be the case?

newtboysays...

The excuse I heard was they were afraid of bad weather so pretaped it in December.

SFOGuysaid:

So; I understand this was all sort of manufactured for the broadcast? Or more properly: because people were standing underneath the drone area during opening ceremonies, NBC fell back on video tape of the dress rehearsal?
Anyone else understand this to be the case?

SFOGuysays...

Well, watching events (snowboarding and downhill)---it has surely been windy---would have scrambled a drone show good and proper...

newtboysaid:

The excuse I heard was they were afraid of bad weather so pretaped it in December.

entr0pyjokingly says...

"What's incredible is that less than two pilots can operate those thousand plus drones at one time."

By less than two, do you mean one? Because there's a word for that.

That's right, no matter how amazing the new technology is, it can't compare to the simple pleasure of being a grammar Nazi.

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