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The Drones Flying Indoors During the Superbowl Halftime Show Featured Zephyr OS!

By February 25, 2019 No Comments

Written by Scott Doenecke, member of the Zephyr Project and Open Source Advocacy Manager at Intel

A nice piece of trivia recently came across my desk. The 2019 Superbowl half time show included the Zephyr Project OS. Sure enough, the live, synchronized Drone Light Show included Zephyr v1.8 on the radio module of the Intel Shooting Star Mini Drone.  What’s a bit interesting and different about this drone show is that being in the enclosed Atlanta stadium, it cannot use GPS.  So a special radio geo-location method is being employed by this radio module, which uses an ST Micro MCU. Superbowl LIII was the second indoor display for these mini drones running radio modules with Zephyr RTOS.  Radio City’s 2018 Christmas Spectacular also featured them during its holiday run.

As we work toward functional safety certification on Zephyr OS, we expect to see this RTOS included more often on fun and functional systems.  The Intel Shooting Star Mini Drone team is evaluating updating their radio module OS to Zephyr Project’s Long Term Support (LTS) v1.14.  We enthusiastically invite everyone working with MCUs to take a look at Zephyr OS. Click here for more information:  https://www.zephyrproject.org/developers/

If you want to learn more, stop by the Zephyr Booth (Hall 4: Booth 4-170) at Embedded World this week and keep up to date with photos on @ZephyrIoT! Or, join the conversation on the Zephyr Slack Channel – https://zephyrproject.slack.com/.