This year’s St. Patrick’s Day ceremony was muted by the ongoing epidemic, although Intel was allowed to fly a fleet of 500 drones to a bright light in Ireland’s capital city that was later shared on YouTube.
Intel-Ireland notes in the accompanying video, “This film celebrates the rise of our National Day, and spreads a message of hope to audiences around the world.”
The drone show was the work of St Patrick’s Festival, Tourism Ireland and Dublin City Council, and was given in collaboration with Intel and Actresso Events. The film of the show was produced by Shinaviel and produced by Irish composers Aymar Noon and Craig Stuart Garsinkle.
It shows a drone illuminating the sky above Dublin with messages and familiar imagery, as well as landmarks such as the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Convention Center.
Intel has been continuously building its drone business for the aerial light shows over the past six years. The demonstrations use state-of-the-art computer software to control the drone’s complex flight maneuvers and LED light patterns, with each show lasting approximately 10 minutes.
The company, more famous for computer chips than LED-led drones, charges $ 99,000 for a show featuring 200 drones. If you want to use 500 drones, the cost increases to $ 299,000. For that price, Intel promises a display that “fills the sky with flowing and vibrant 3D animations, with rapid changes that move like motion graphics.”
Last year, Walmart collaborated with Intel for a show featuring around 1,000 drones, although it is not known how far the retail giants went beyond this.
The quadcopter that Intel uses for its show weighs 0.75 pounds (340 grams) and features brighter lights, faster speeds, increased resolution, and longer display times than the previous version of the drone.
Intel is not the only company to entertain people with such drone performance. For example, Celestial, a UK company, is making an impact in a single location with such shows in Scotland at the end of last year.