No Crowds But Tons of Drones: UAV Aerial Show Opens Tokyo Olympics

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The Olympics and pageantry pretty much go hand in hand and, amazingly, this year is no different.

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Of course, anyone who might have expected something more lowkey wouldn’t be completely offbase given how large public events are pretty much impossible to hold right now. And that’s a global, not a local, phenomenon.

Even so, it seems the show must go on.

Having the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021 might signal just how different these games are in the era of COVID-19 but, even without crowds, the organizers are pulling out all of the stops to make sure this year’s opening ceremony matches up with previous performances.

So, what’s got everyone talking so far? The drone show that helped open the games was definitely beyond spectacular.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can do so here at this link.

Not only is it a real feat of coordination, but it also helps us imagine what drones will be able to do in the future. It’s also pretty fitting that robots help take up some of the slack during a global showcase of human talent.

A total of 1824 drones floated above the stadium and formed the symbol for the Olympics before transitioning into a representation of the globe, CBS reports.

Coverage of the event on NBC included narration from Savannah Guthrie who exclaimed, “A sight never before seen, a feat of technology and beauty. A celestial body hovering over Tokyo. In a moment and a vision for the world.”

Did you get a chance to see the drone show opening the Tokyo Olympics? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below.

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[CBS]

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