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Watch 100 Drones Dance to Beethoven in This Record-Breaking Light Show

During a keynote presentation at CES 2016, the Intel Corporation in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab presented footage (above) that reveals a secret talent of drones: aerial dance routines. With 100 small UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), a ground crew used Intel software to perform a choreographed ballet in the sky while an orchestra seated on the runway of a German airport played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In addition to setting the Guinness World Record for Most UAVs Airborne Simultaneously (and beating the previous record by 50), the team also put on a light show of cool shapes and colors that moved in sync with the live music.

Keynote presenter Brian Krzanich introduced the footage as Intel's version of fireworks, and after showing the video, said that he sees "a future where fireworks, and all of their risks, and smoke, and dirt, are a thing of the past. And they are replaced with shows that have unlimited creativity and potential, powered by drones."

Krzanich later gave another live demonstration during CES of the drone's autonomous capabilities with a biker on an obstacle course. A drone was able to fly both ahead of and behind the biker, filming while avoiding changing obstacles like rocks and falling trees. Check out the record-breaking drone light show above, and click here to watch the full keynote presentation.

[h/t: Tech Radar]

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By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
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Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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