Parrot + Dronisos: Imagining the future of Drone Automation

Parrot, the leading European drone group, and Dronisos, a pioneer in the creation and production of customized drone swarm light shows, are expanding their ongoing partnership to explore new applications for drone flight automation leveraging the Parrot ANAFI drone platform.

Dronisos’ drone swarms combine sophisticated technology and artistic expression to entertain audiences around the world with dancing drones and lights for clients including Lancôme, Peugeot, FIFA, and Oreo. These shows require sophisticated drone flight automation to synchronize up one thousand drones to perform choreographed movements, tricks and flight patterns.  

Dronisos has previously featured Parrot Bebop and Mambo drones, modified with specialized lights, hardware and software to act as the stars of their shows. Parrot’s latest ANAFI drone platform offers new opportunities to advance flight automation and synchronization thanks to its compact size, quiet flights, and industry-leading security. 

“Parrot is a dream partner to help us bring to life spectacular displays of imagination through both their technology and appreciation for artistry,” said Jean-Dominique Lauwereins, CTO and Co-Founder of Dronisos. “Now, Parrot’s ANAFI drone platform has both inspired and equipped our team to push the boundaries and take our drone swarm capabilities to new heights and new industries. In particular, the small size of the ANAFI prevents any physical harm and the highly secure connection ensures the safety and integrity of autonomous flights from potential hackers.” 

Parrot first partnered with Dronisos in 2016 to help produce the company’s now infamous drone dances at its annual CES booth to showcase the launch of the Bebop. The lighthearted and entertaining dances entertained CES attendees and served as a memorable showcase of the brand and its technology. These elaborate choreographed drone dances broke barriers in drone automation previously unimagined.  

Five years later, amid months of lockdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Dronisos team created a world-record breaking show flying 200 Parrot Bebop 2 drones simultaneously. Created with a dispersed team throughout the lockdown, the show broke the world record for the largest number of drones flying autonomously indoors. The show, sponsored by Cisco and Tim, was broadcast nationally for the celebration of San Giovanni, a popular annual Italian festival in Turin, Genoa and Florence.

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