As technology develops, so too does art. Sometimes the two are one in the same.
Case in point: Japanese company MicroAd recently programmed a fleet of drones to perform an aerial ballet against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Fuji, dubbing the dazzling show “Sky Magic”—a reference to science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” Clarke once said.
It was a union of old and new. The 20 aircraft, equipped with 16,500 total LEDs, zipped like floating lanterns in and out of colorful formations, accompanied by a band of traditional Japanese shamisen guitars.
“The sky is one of the few remaining frontiers in the new cyber space,” MicroAd President Kentaro Watanabe said. “It is the objective of this project. I would like to reach out to as many people in various places in the 21st century of fireworks.”
A burgeoning form of entertainment, the show is part of the larger Sky Magic project, which utilizes unmanned aircraft at large scale events to provide an “audio visual extravaganza.”
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