LEDs Light Up the South Korea Sky for the Opening Ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Did you see the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony? If you did, you were probably amazed by the lights during the light show. They were LEDs attached to drones!

About the Light Show at the Winter Olympics

Thousands of drones with LED lights attached lit up the night sky during the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was a total of 1,218 lights! This set a new Guinness World Record of the total number of drones flown at the same exact time.

Before setting the record during the Winter Olympics, the highest number of drones flown was 500. This happened in Germany on October 7th.

The drones were in the sky dancing around with lights shining down to make the light show. An automated software program is what made the show.

After the show, the drones will continue to fly around during the games. They wanted to do this because not everyone was able to see the opening ceremony and this would give everyone a chance to see the amazing way the lights can make a beautiful effect.

The images that were made with the drones were pretty amazing. There was a person on a snowboard, a bird, and then there was the Olympic rings interlocked. This was something no one has ever seen before.

The drones that were used during the light show were specifically made for this event. They are lighter than any other drones, and they were made to be outdoors in cold weather. That's one of the factors that the manufacturers wanted to make sure they covered when they were making the drones. Cold temperatures can make the drones malfunction, so they had to test them in places where the temperature was minus 10 degrees.

The biggest challenge was keeping the batteries warm. As long as they were kept warm, the drones would be able to function. That's not exactly a simple thing to do though. The people of Intel found a way to do it though, and now the Olympics can go down in the record books for breaking a Guinness Book of World Records.

The Amazing Power of LEDs

No one ever though that LEDs would be able to do this, and it's now been done. What else can we do with LEDs? Who knows! What we do know is that LEDs are continuing to amaze people worldwide, and it will continue to do so for many years.

 

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