Drones add LED fireworks to Mount Fuji in Japan
Drones can be used for everything from war to ecommerce deliveries, but it's surprising how seldom they're used for entertainment. One Japanese company hopes to change that with something it calls Sky Magic.
Shibuya-based MicroAd recently demonstrated its Sky Magic choreographed drone performances in front of the iconic backdrop of Mt. Fuji. As a group of traditional Shamisen players strum their instruments under the night sky, 20 drones equipped with 16,500 LEDs dance in the air, creating intricate aerial design flourishes that rival some of the best fireworks shows.
Some of the company's other, promotional videos show off special effects-assisted drone flights, which look cool, but don't help sell what Sky Magic really does (which is incredible without CGI). Nevertheless, this recent demo is pretty spectacular and hints that fireworks artists may need to start learning how to work UAV remote controls.