During a spectacular light show on November 4, 2015, Intel and Ars Electronica Futurelab broke the world record in the category Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Airborne Simultaneously.
According to Ars Electronica press release, Drone 100 was »a crazy idea that came out of a hallway conversation inside Intel, and now it has become a reality.« Intel joined creative forces with Austria's Ars Electronica Center in an attempt to set a new world record for the most drones to be airborne simultaneously. And it was an attempt that ended in glorious success.
Intel's vision to fill the sky with a fleet of quadcopters really began on November 4th, 2015 at 17:45 sharp. The orchestra, assembled on the runway to provide the 'background music' for the event, was ready and 100 LED-equipped quadcopters, weighing approxiamately 700-gram each, took off to an altitude of about 120 meters.
The breathtaking celestial experience that lasted for seven minutes concluded with a 250-meter-wide Intel logo, created in the sky with blinking unmanned drones, flying in a pre-programmed, neatly choreographed formation. As if that wasn't impressive enough, visitiors could feast their eyes on a remarkable light show, synchronized to the sounds of one of the greatest music compositions in human history, the chilling Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
According to Arc Electronica, an on-site adjudicator from the Guinness World Records made it official - Intel in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab now hold the world record in the category Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Airborne Simultaneously.
The Making of Drone 100: