Intel Corporation set a Guinness-certified world record at CES 2016 - the most drones ever performing in formation. Officially, the record is for Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.
Take a look at this awe-inspiring drone swarming video - see if you can count to 100 drones!
Controlled on the ground by a crew using PCs with Intel software, the mass of drones lit up the night sky in sync to a live performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and executed a stunning light show resembling a fireworks display.
The record was set in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab to push the limits of the UAV industry and to show what UAVs can be used for.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel was on hand to verify record and congratulate the technology company.
In his 1995 novel The Diamond Age, science fiction author Neal Stephenson wrote about a similar swarm of devices tasked with surveillance and security - the dog pod grid:
Atlantis/Shanghai occupied the loftiest ninety percent of New Chusan's land area - an inner plateau about a mile above sea level, where the air was cooler and cleaner. Parts of it were marked off with a lovely wrought-iron fence, but the real border was defended by something called the dog pod grid - a swarm of quasi-independent aerostats...
(Read more about Stephenson's dog pod grid)