Last Sunday night’s Super Bowl performance left many viewers in awe, and we have three hundred drones to thank for the patriotic skyline. The performance used three hundreds drones to create the shooting stars and the American flags seen over Houston Sunday night. While this wasn’t the first drone show by Intel, it was most definitely the largest with 160 million viewers. Intel’s Shooting Star Drone Squad just finished a three-week show at Disney World and last year they flew in Sydney, which set the world record for unmanned aerial vehicles flying simultaneously.

Each drone measures about a foot long and weighs in a little over eight ounces. They are not flashy objects, but they shine with four billion color combos created by onboard LEDs, and the choreography was created with meticulous coding for each drone, which have the ability to communicate wirelessly throughout its dance.

While many of us sat and watched the dancing drones for entertainment, there are several other uses for them, and many of them much more practical and even lifesaving. Some have said they can see these drones being used for search and rescue activities and others see them being used at construction sites, especially hazardous sites. While the future is bright for drones, there are still several hurdles, including FAA regulations, but we hope to continue to see these drones in entertainment and practical application as well!