Just when you thought you had seen it all in Las Vegas, there’s now a drone light show to watch.
Intel is bringing its famous drone light shows to the Las Vegas Strip this week over the Fountains of Bellagio as part of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
Intel’s drone light shows consists of a fleet of 250 drones, dubbed “Shooting Star” drones, which fly in coordinated patterns and change colors in 4 billion color combinations to make light shapes in the sky. This week’s Vegas performance has the drones flying over the Bellagio fountains to a rendition of the song “Stargazing” by Kygo.
The Intel Shooting Star light show performances will take place twice nightly (at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 11.
Intel’s drones have been serving as nighttime entertainment at events such as Coachella, the Super Bowl and Walt Disney World. They recently flew over the skies of Los Angeles for an event promoting Wonder Woman.
Each drone is about the weight of a volleyball and can be programmed with relative ease to light up in any shape for commercial entertainment light shows.
Intel’s drones are not publicly for sale, and the chip maker would not disclose how much they would cost or whether they are more cost effective than their nighttime light show counterpart, fireworks. However, rather than fading out like fireworks, the drones can flash on and off and also create much more precise shapes than fireworks would. They also are intended to reduce the environmental impact that fireworks have on air pollution.
Earlier this week, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used his keynote to present an indoor light show performed by 100 of Intel’s Shooting Star Mini drones, marking the record for the most drones flown simultaneously indoors by a single pilot.