Intel Sync 100 Drones with Live Orchestra to Break World Record

"No matter what it's going to be incredible. I can't describe it, it's years of effort, development and hope exploding in one minute, in this one moment of excitement"...

That was how Horst Hoertner, Director of Ars Electronica's FutureLab described the moments before his team set a new world record for the number of drones airborne at any one time. But that wasn't enough for his company who, working in partnership with Intel, also wanted to synchronise 100 drones with a live orchestra playing Beethoven's 5th near Hamburg, Germany. Dramatic. Watch events as they unfolded in the video below...

These aren't any old drones; they're Spaxels. Developed by Ars Electronica, Spaxels are effectively LED-equipped quadcopters, which can be programmed to form an impressive drone swarm that can “draw” three-dimensional figures in mid-air. As well as creating a stunning visual experience, the designers reckon their product will "open up an unprecedented new dimension of aesthetic expression."