The world’s first documentation of fireworks actually comes from the Chinese in the year 1040. As it turns out, back then, they made what was known as “fire pills,” which was essentially gun powder wrapped in paper and then lit on fire to thwart evil spirits away.
Today, fireworks are used in theme parks, concerts, festivals, and even your own backyard if you’re so inclined. They are usually synchronized to music, can be adjusted for height and have the ability to create designs like flowers and smiley faces. However, one has to wonder what’s next for nighttime spectacles in the sky?
We have covered what drones can do before here at Theme Park University and theme parks and arena shows are using them already in mostly indoor venues due to wind and other weather concerns. However, technology has advanced far enough that Intel can control 100 color changing drones at a time in the night sky, with the possibility to go up to 1,000 in the future with the permission of the FAA.
With fireworks, the images you can create are fairly limited to what you can do with exploding gun powder, and often times, they end up looking warped or upside down. On the other hand, drones can make those possibilities virtually limitless. You can create intricate designs, spell our words or phrases and much more. The video below gives a small sample with what can be done using 100 drones, but the potential is huge with this technology.
Which do you think is cooler? This new drone technology or a fireworks spectacular? Maybe both could be melded together for something even more incredible? Let me know in the comments below!
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