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2,018 drones take to the air as Intel sets yet another world record

•, Nick Lavars

The record saw thousands of the tiny aircraft take to the air over California, arranging themselves in spectacular formations to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

The Shooting Star drones first emerged in 2016, when the Intel set a Guinness World Record by having 100 of the unmanned aircraft fly in formation in tune to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It has ramped things up pretty quickly from there, soon following that with a 500-strong effort later that year and then unleashing 1,218 drones in South Korea for the Olympics earlier this year. 

These efforts are about more than just claiming a string of Guinness World Records. If you imagine the spectacle created by a huge fireworks show, and then imagine organizers could control their path through the air, that's the kind of capability offered by these LED-equipped drones, which are made from plastic and foam and weigh just 10 oz (283 g) apiece.

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