At the end of last year, Intel set records for having the highest number of drones flying simultaneously with its Intel Drone 100 performance. It's now bringing this performance to Sydney for Vivid, taking its drones over the waters of Sydney Harbour in front of a live public audience for the first time ever.
The Sydney performance will boast an entirely new choreographed 'animation', set to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with a live accompaniment provided by the Sydney Youth Orchestra. The drones are fitted with lights that are used to display different patterns and colours, in a show that's coordinated by just one main pilot.
"With drones quickly emerging as an important computing platform of the future, Drone 100 exemplifies what it means to reinvent experiences with new technology," said Intel's Anil Nanduri. "Drone 100 will capture the imagination of all who see it. Through this experience, we hope to inspire the imagination of Vivid Sydney festivalgoers and highlight the future potential of drone technology."
While the Drone 100 performance was developed with the idea of using drones, something commonly associated with weapons and warfare, into something used for art and beauty. It's only one part of the future of this technology, however, with Intel highlighting potential uses for drones ranging from bushfire management to delivery of medical supplies to infrastructure repair.
Intel Drone 100 will run between June 8 and June 12, with a seven minute performance every night starting at 7:55pm, weather permitting. While the performance will be visible from along the harbour, Intel is also setting up a VIP viewing area on the eastern side of the Opera House.
Tickets for viewing the performance from this area are free, though there will only be a limited number available for each performance. Details on how to pick up a ticket will be released on the Facebook event page.