Intel drones light up the Christmas Spectacular show in New York [video]

The Christmas Spectacular show with the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall in New York is one of those must-see shows during the Holiday season. The show has become an annual tradition for a lot of people and over the many decades of the show’s existence little has changed. For instance, the oldest and perhaps most famous aspect of the show, ‘The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers‘ has been a staple since 1933. For this year, however, the organization behind the Christmas Spectacular show has decided to change things up a little by adding Intel Shooting Star Mini drones to the mix and creating an entire new finale, called ‘Christmas Lights’. See the video below.

Intel drones added to  Christmas Spectacular show

One hundred Intel Shooting Star Mini drones have been added to a brand-new finale scene. A short video of which you can see below. Intel tells us that the drone performance will be Intel’s longest running indoor drone light show with more than 200 performances between November 9th and January 1, 2019, as part of the Christmas Spectacular.

“Intel Shooting Star mini-drones, representing Christmas lights, will create various images and animations that are synchronized to music and lighting effects performing alongside the ensemble and Rockettes. As they build in numbers throughout the scene, the final culmination will showcase a one hundred drone light show, as their movement and flight path will interact with advanced digital projections to make various scenic elements magically come to life.”

The new finale, ‘Christmas Lights’ was overseen by Sam Buntrock, the creative director of new digital content. From a distance, the drones merely look like floating lights. but they do add a special 3D effect to the show.

Specifications and Features

Weighing in at less than 68 grams, the Intel® Shooting StarTM mini-drone is constructed with a soft frame made of flexible plastic. A 180-degree cage covers the four propellers. The Intel® mini-drone fits in the palm of a typical hand – all features designed to promote safety when flying near people.

  • Type: Quadcopter with propeller guards
  • Size: 177 x 156 x 34 mm
  • Take Off Weight: <68 grams
  • Max Flight Time: 8 Minutes
  • Average audience Show Time: >4 Minutes
  • LED: Over 4 billion color combinations based on RGBW

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