Intel's A Game of Drones in Martin Place.
Intel’s A Game of Drones in Martin Place.

Vivid, Sydney’s light, music and ideas festival, kicked off on the weekend and once again Intel will be offering punters the chance to get hands on with its latest technology.

Intel’s A Game Of Drones activation invites visitors to Martin Place to take the controls of colourful drones using Intel-powered tablets. There will be no trouble from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with the drones restricted to an enclosure.

“At Vivid Sydney we celebrate the interplay between creativity and technology and putting art into the hands of the public. Intel’s new drone installation reflects this concept and is another great hands-on opportunity for visitors to Vivid Sydney,” said Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase.

This year is Intel’s fifth consecutive year as a major partner and sponsor of Vivid Sydney. Intel’s past involvement in the festival have includes ‘Colour the Harbour Bridge’ where visitors could use a touch screen to choreograph a light show on the famous landmark.

Intel Australia managing director Kate Burleigh said Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform to engage the public in the wonders of technology.

“Vivid Sydney is an event that continues to push the boundaries, using technology as the enabler to bring inspiring, fun and immersive installations to life. This year we’re bringing a first to Vivid Sydney by giving festival goers a chance to fly their very own drone,” she said.

Intel will also be introducing the Australian public to RealSense technology for the first time. RealSense is Intel’s latest 3D camera technology – which will debut in select ASUS notebooks from Q2/Q3 2015. RealSense uses a combination of cameras and infrared sensors to simulate 3D interaction.

At Vivid, RealSense will be an element of the installation Transcendence, a high tech pop up bar in Martin Place. RealSense will be used to allow visitors to interact with technology using  gesture control, augmented reality, and immersive chat.

“When entering Transcendence, visitors will feel like they are stepping right into the future – it’s an experience all the family will enjoy,” Burleigh said.

RealSense booth at the entrance of Transcendence in Martin Place.
RealSense booth at the entrance of Transcendence in Martin Place.
Transcendence at Vivid
Sydney’s Martin Place is transformed by Transcendence at Vivid