I'm not impressed by the concept of drones as a fireworks substitute. Sure, they'll be able to make cutesy pictures in the sky. Billboards already can make pictures. Real fireworks have a quality I don't think drones will be able to imitate in my lifetime.
Agree, its weak. The superbowl segment was cut together from several takes that were taped a week before.
Yesterday a swarm of 1000 drones were in the air in China, easily beating this Intel superbowl show. Cute, but it doesn't blow me away either:
This drone hype is designed by dudes in marketing departments, not by scientists or engineers. The hype works because it was talked about on the SGU. I think its moderately cool, but not much more than that.
It is not befitting a high-tech semiconductor company such as Intel, because drones are is rather low-tech and don't requiring heavy processing or any innovative technologies. Making a drone swarm is relatively easy with accurate GPS navigation. Here is some work at UPenn from over 5 years ago:https://youtu.be/YQIMGV5vtd4?t=47s
Bob repeated the Intel talking point that the drones can make "4 billion color combinations". That is not special, nor is it a big deal. It simply meant that they used 32-bit to encode 2^32 color hues....