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Quadcopters with visual elements strung between them
are used to form images in real time are part of a
idea. To make these visible at night one incarnation was
have lights on them.
It occurs to me, a much easier way to achieve brightly lit
visual elements for the described
invention would be to
highly reflective ribbon strung between the quadcopters
then shine searchlights on them.
The amount of light reflected back would be many times
brighter than that which LEDs and batteries would be
In fact, simply having highly reflective drones
themselves should be patentable. I'll throw that in as
Once your drones can do this...
Nobody's going to want to settle for just a dull fireworks display again. [doctorremulac3, Dec 23 2016]
Outgoing POTUS establishes a practice zone for this idea ...
[normzone, Dec 27 2016]
||Beautiful silicon gymnasts of the air. Could be inspiring.
||Absolutely. In designing some aerial shows this
invention could do I came up with a few ideas, the
coolest one being they form a moire pattern. They
could loop and spiral and tie loose knots around
each other, the programmer of the flight paths of
these would by necessity be talented artists.
Remember, they're controlled by computers so
they'll be doing stuff humans could never do.
||An aerial ballet that would make fireworks seem
dull and outdated by comparison. And getting your
light from the ground via spotlights rather than
LEDs (although both would be available, spotlights
would be for big budget shows) could set the sky
on fire with these things.
||The reflective ribbons could also be spiral shaped
with a different color on each side so as they spun
they'd appear to recede from the aircraft like a
||I'm loving this idea more every day.
||See link, how is Disney going to continue simply
putting on pixel based drone shows when "Sky Fire
Drone Art" system can do stuff like this? (see link)
||Wow, the drone ideas are multiplying... like drones