Media & Awards - 2018-08-03
CNET: Drake's tech-filled concerts use drones as backup dancers
Drake's tech-filled concerts use drones as backup dancers
At Drake's concert at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the air was filled with more than just the roar of 18,000 fans.
There were also 88 micro drones flying around the rapper during two songs in his two-hour show, synced up with his tracks Elevate and Look Alive. They hovered around with bright lights, changing colors from red to blue to white, like a swarm of large fireflies twinkling above the rapper.
While it may not have been the most eye-catching display -- at one point the stage transformed into a giant iPhone X scrolling through Instagram, and then there was the floating Ferrari above the crowd -- it was likely the most technologically innovative stunt in a show filled with spectacles. That's because unlike other drone shows, this mini-Air Force was programmed to take flight autonomously.
The elaborate choreography was coordinated between Drake's production team and Verity Studios, a Swiss company that boasts investments from Sony and Kitty Hawk, the flying car startup from Google's founder Larry Page.
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