Indoor Drone Show Systems

The magic

is real

With 150,000 flights and counting, we're bringing autonomous indoor drones to live events

Our indoor drone shows bring exciting new experiences to audiences – using cutting edge technology to impressive effect. With shows in more than 20 countries around the world, we’re showcasing the creative potential of autonomous drones.  

What we do

Bringing technology to life

Our team at Verity is passionate about combining technology and the arts to create something spectacular. We use our drones’ unique performance capabilities to create dynamic light shows and memorable experiences. But more than that, we have built our drone show system from the ground up to ensure it’s safe and reliable. So, when you decide to do a drone show with us, you know we’ll deliver. 

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We are transforming the live event experience. We make the magic real,
the extraordinary. With heads full of ideas and our feet firmly on the ground.

We are transforming the live event experience. We make the magic real, the extraordinary. With heads full of ideas and our feet firmly on the ground.

Who we are

Pushing the boundaries of what's possible

The team at Verity has a passion for bringing technology and the arts together to create something people have never seen before. But more than that, we believe it should be contained in a system that’s easy to use in any event. Drone technology can fundamentally transform the live events experience and we’re committed to developing technology that is easy to use, reliable and safe for events all over the world.

Capabilities

We are entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, live events professionals, mathematicians and designers; all working
as one.

Technology you can trust

We are proud of our track record

With 40 patents pending and 23 already approved, we've built our indoor drone show system from the ground up with safety and reliability in mind. Our drones have traveled the world and have flown in more than 20 countries. Having toured with Metallica, Celine Dion, and Drake, and flown above audiences at corporate events, our technology has proven itself on the toughest testing grounds. A testament to the safety of our system, we've also flown in venues with no-drone policies. Our system is a complete all-round package you can rely on to deliver magic to your show.

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What we do

The first thing we do is listen;
getting a feel for what you’d love to achieve. Then we work with you to develop an experience that’s both breathtakingly magical and reassuringly possible.

We work with you to develop an experience that’s both breathtakingly magical and reassuringly possible.

Permanent
Installations

Permanent Installations

Reliably perfect, easy to run

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Operated by you, Verity’s drones will perform show after show without a hitch in your theater, theme park or cruise ship.

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One-Off
Events

One-Off Events

Magic moments your audience will never forget

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Create the magic moment your audience will never forget. Get the “wow” effect of an immersive drone show experience for your brand activation, corporate event or experiential marketing campaign.

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Touring
Shows

Touring Shows

We set it up, you run with it

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Performing alongside Metallica and Drake, Verity’s drone show system has proven itself on the toughest testing ground, and will travel with you around the world.

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Our process

From concept to completion,
we’ll be there.

Are you creating a new show? Let us make it more spectacular. Tell us your artistic vision, we will help you realize it, using our unique combination of technical innovation and creative invention. 

1. The big idea.

We will collaborate with your creative team to work out exactly how our show drones can add an extra dimension of dazzle to the performance.

2. Getting it right.

Our team will meticulously plan every detail; providing the expertise you need from drawing board to opening night.

3. Choreography.

Our drone show choreographers develop mesmerizing flight patterns and enthralling lighting effects. 

4. If you want something special...customize your project.

Our designers can create bespoke, flight-tested costumes. Or use the experts on our engineering team to adapt our tech to your needs.

5. Going live & support.

We will finesse our drones’ performance and deliver on our promises.  We'll also be on hand around the clock to answer any queries as they arise.

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TECHNOLOGY

Designed and built from the ground up, our autonomous drones turn live events into unforgettable experiences.

Designed and built from the ground up, our autonomous drones turn live events into unforgettable experiences.

The Lucie® micro drone

The Lucie micro drone is our flagship offering and delivers vast creative freedom. Each autonomous Lucie micro drone is equipped with a RGBW light. When precisely choreographed, the Lucie micro drones form a cluster of flying lights, and together, their smooth, intricate motions work in harmony to produce captivating results. The versatility of the Lucie micro drones means you can achieve a variety of different effects. Fly only a few for an intimate scene with performers on stage. Or fill the air above the stage with a swarm of glittering fireflies for a more immersive experience.

TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN TRUST

Weighing only 50g (1.8oz), the Lucie micro drone can perform above artists without any safety concerns. Optimized for permanent installations and touring productions, they are ultra-safe, reliable, and easy to use. 

Technical specifications.

Weight: 50g (1.8oz)
Flight time: up to 3 minutes
Charging time: approximately 1 hour
Equipped with high–intensity, pre-programmable RGBW lights

Indoor positioning system.

The system consists of Kedge™ localization units that reliably define the boundaries of the flight space and allows for maximum creativity. This allows our drones to perform their choreography without cameras, carpets or other limitations. Robust and reliable, it has operated in a wide variety of venues and conditions, including on ice, in a desert and even next to flame throwers.

Lucie® charging station.

To house the Lucie micro drones before their performance, we provide charging station racks. Each rack hosts up to 40 Lucie micro drones and is an all-in-one charging, storage, and transportation solution.

Custom Projects

If you want to create something never seen before, we also work on bespoke, custom projects built to your specifications. From custom design, to engineering projects and processes, we’ll work with you to deliver something spectacular.

Costumes

Imagine a stage full of floating jellyfish, flying disco balls or swaying flowers. Our drone costume designers can create bespoke costumes that turn our Lucie® micro drones into flying scenery, props and even creatures. These ultra-light, flight-tested costumes can be used alone, or in tandem with a flying light show to add an extra dimension to your event.

Stage Flyer

The Stage Flyer drones were part of a custom project developed for Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway show Paramour. By design they carried lampshades and became dancing props alongside the performers. But this is just one example. The Stage Flyer drones can also carry payloads including cameras, mirrors or other stage effects, such as confetti, for more dramatic possibilities. For dependable safety, each Stage Flyer drone is designed with our failsafe technology. This means it can land safely even if a battery, motor, connector, propeller or sensor fails.

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Céline Dion 2019 - 2020 Tour

As Dion raises her arms, 104 Verity drones rise from the stage, dramatically turning blue and thronging around Dion as the song reaches its crescendo.

Canadian singer Céline Dion has had a career spanning decades. Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, she is the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time.

The Courage World Tour is Dion’s first tour since beginning her second concert residency in Las Vegas in 2011. Her biggest hit, “My Heart Will Go On,” was always the highlight of the show, augmented by a waterfall that cascades around her as she sings.

For Dion’s new tour, show designer Yves Aucoin who has worked with her for more than 20 years, wanted to find a similarly impressive effect.

To create this effect, Aucoin contacted Verity Studios to use its micro drones to create an impactful, water-themed choreography for the much-awaited encore of Dion’s show, the song “My Heart Will Go On.” As Dion raises her arms, 104 Verity drones rise from the stage, dramatically turning blue and thronging around Dion as the song reaches its crescendo. In the final strains of the song, the drones hover above Céline before descending to the stage one by one. A single drone sinks towards Dion’s outstretched hands before it lifts away as she raises her hands.

Céline Dion is currently touring throughout North America. For tickets, visit: https://www.celinedion.com/in-concert/

Key Facts

·       Year: 2019 - 2020

·       Number of Lucie® micro drones: 104

·       Area of flight space: 80 ft. x 40 ft. (24m x 12m)

·       Number of shows: 110

·       Show director: Yves Aucoin

·       Operating personnel: Client-operated

·       Drones coordinated with music, performer and lighting

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Guinness World Record - BT UK

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Guinness World Record - BT UK

To kick off its new brand campaign, BT (British Telecom) contacted Verity to create a record-breaking drone show based on shapes coded by school children.

In an event starring Jess Glynne and hosted by Tess Daly, drones took off from backstage in the form of hearts, spirals, and butterflies, displaying the shapes the children from St Joseph’s school had coded. Towards the end of the song “I’ll Be There”, the full 160 drones create two intersecting waves before forming a ring around the new BT logo.

“When BT approached us to work with them to achieve this Guinness World Record by flying 160 drones indoors, we weren’t fazed by the tight timeline. This is the first time we’ve collaborated with children and it was a great test for our system to show how flexible it really is. It was a rewarding experience to work on this project, and we are proud to have supported BT in achieving this milestone,” said Verity technical project manager Alex Tintore.

As an integral part of this campaign, BT chose Verity to work on the drone show to ensure it would be a success.

“Verity’s autonomous flying machines have become a standard line item for many high-end productions. Using proprietary technology, Verity’s autonomous drones offer unrivaled safety and reliability within a sophisticated system that can be operated by ordinary client staff. From live events to industrial settings, autonomous indoor drones can fundamentally transform the way we deploy lights, scenography, and sensors in space,” said Verity CEO and Founder Raffaello D’Andrea.

Key Facts

· Year: 2019

· Number of Lucie® micro drones: 160

· Area of flight space: 66 ft. x 62 ft. (20m x 19m)

· One-off show

· Operating personnel: Verity Studios

· Guinness World Record for the most UAVs airborne simultaneously from a single computer

· Drone created shapes designed by school children

· Drones coordinated with the performer, stage lighting, LED screen and music

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2047 Apologue 3 2019

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2047 Apologue 3 2019

The third installment of Zhang Yimou and China Kingway’s concept series, 2047 Apologue, is an exploration of how traditional Chinese performance can be combined with modern technology to impressive effect.

Having previously participated in season 1, Verity was tasked with creating a custom drone ballet for one of the eight performances 2047 Apologue showcased.

“We chose to work with Verity a second time because Verity Studios is a very professional and reliable team. Verity also has the only technology in the world that has drones with minimal noise which is super for stage shows,” said Lulu He, General Production Manager for China Kingway.

Verity worked closely with China Kingway to develop the creative concept; a social commentary on the environmental impact of consumer behavior.
 
“The plastic bag performance talks about pollution. We have a very serious problem in Beijing, China I believe, but it’s also a world problem. People are producing plastics and wasting them, contributing to environmental problems. This is a very serious issue for everyone in the world,” said He.

Floating, twisting and turning around a large tree installed on the stage, the 66 Lucie micro drones were disguised as plastic bags.  Coordinated with a traditional Chinese performer and dancers on stage, the drones disappeared into the background, the lighting cleverly hiding the black drones and highlighting the stark white of the plastic bags. At the crescendo, a cloud of plastic falls from the skies, cleverly navigated by the flying drones.

“My first thought when I saw the plastic bags flying was that it’s completely different. It has a strong impact, and it doesn’t look like any other prop in a stage show. It looks more meaningful. With more than 50 drones and tailored costumes, it will have a very strong impact and look very special,” said He.

Key Facts

• Year: 2019

• 66 Lucie® micro drones dressed in bespoke plastic bag costumes

• Drones coordinated with dancers, traditional Chinese performer, large tree stage element and falling plastic bags

• 13m x 20m x 8.5m (43 ft. x 66 ft. x 28 ft.) stage

• Director: Zhang Yimou

• Verity operated

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USI Conference 2019

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USI Conference 2019

15 Lucie® micro drones in lampshade costumes lit up the Carrousel du Louvre, participating in the annual USI Events Conference.

A potent concentration of all things digital, the annual USI conference challenges, explores and questions the future; artificial intelligence, ethics, design, economy, philosophy and neuroscience. As part of this year's USI conference in Paris, Verity's founder and CEO Raffaello D'Andrea gave a presentation titled "Flying Machines" and presented a live drone costume show to the audience. The Lucie micro drones were dressed as lampshades in the French colors. They performed an aerial ballet to the French classic "La Valse d'Amélie".
The drone choreography began with circular motions and swarm-like movements and ended with a depiction of the French flag, flying in the wind. The lampshade costumes adorning the Lucie micro drones were all designed and produced by Verity's Léa Pereyre, the world’s only drone costume designer.

Costumed drones were not the only highlight of the event. The one-hour presentation by D'Andrea covered cutting-edge topics, such as artificial intelligence, social media, cryptocurrencies, and the potential of drones in the industrial space.

"Science is about discovering what the world is about and engineering is about creating what doesn’t exist” explained D’Andrea, when elaborating on his inner drive. "I was interested in how to use knowledge to create things, it’s the real difference between science and engineering. Most people don’t realize there is a difference, but there is a huge difference."

Photo credits: USI Events

Key Facts

• Year: 2019

• 15 Lucie® micro drones

• Custom French lampshade costumes

• 4m x 24m x 6m (13ft x 79ft x 20ft) stage

• Operated by Verity

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Starlight Express 2018 - ongoing

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Starlight Express 2018 - ongoing

As part of the celebrations for the musical’s 30th year on stage, Starlight Express decided to use 29 Lucie® micro drones in the emotional pinnacle of the show: the Starlight Sequence.

The rock musical Starlight Express tells the story of a child’s toy trains magically coming to life and racing against each other to be crowned the fastest engine in the world. Underdog Rusty ultimately wins the race and the heart of first-class coach Pearl when he is inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express.

As part of the celebrations for the musical’s 30th year on stage, Starlight Express decided to use 29 Lucie® micro drones in the emotional pinnacle of the show: the Starlight Sequence.

Starlight Express press officer Frederika Gerwe said that though she’s seen lots of different types of lighting in shows, the Lucie micro drones were something special. “It was just magical. I’ve never seen something like the drones before. I had goose bumps everywhere.”

“It was quite amazing, because the audience just did not really recognize drones,” said Starlight Express managing director Burkhard Koch. “It was just the magic of the whole scene, which was of course created by the drones flying around.”

In such a quiet and emotional scene, the team at Starlight Express had some concerns about the noise 29 drones could make. However, they quickly realized this would not be an issue. “The most incredible thing was that we expected them to interfere with the sound, but it was not the case at all. It was really nice to integrate them in a musical way,” said Koch.

He was also impressed with the way the creative team, technicians and Verity worked together to create something unique and powerful. “We worked really as a team. We created some completely new things which have never been seen. Getting these classical lighting designs together with this new technology is fantastic,” said Koch.

Key Facts

• Year: 2018 - ongoing

• 29 Lucie® micro drones

• Integrated with stage infrastructure

• Drones coordinated with music, lighting, projections, and performer’s movements and costume

• Drones landed off-stage in the wings for a seamless transition between scenes

• 13m x 13m (43ft x 43ft) stage

• Won the Guinness World Record for most visited musical

• Created by Andrew Lloyd Weber

• Fully client operated

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The Effectors - Royal Caribbean

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The Effectors - Royal Caribbean

Verity Studios Lucie® micro drones embark on a journey on the high seas, aboard Royal Caribbean's "Spectrum of the Seas".

The Effectors tells the story of four superheroes with the ability to control show effects like lasers, lights, video, and audio. The superheroes unite their powers to fight the villain Crash who, with his Lucie micro drone minions, tries to take over the world.

Verity’s fourth show with Royal Caribbean, the team was faced with the challenge of bringing its drone shows to a new level of immersive entertainment. To achieve this, Verity developed a choreography that flies out over the audience to illuminate the guests with intense red light.

As villain Crash raises his arms, the drone army rises to the sky and circles him before Crash sends them on their campaign to march out over the audience. As he lowers his arms, the drones sink closer and closer to the audience before breaking into a geometric formation.

VP of Entertainment Nick Weir tweeted, “Drones are a big part of the Royal Caribbean Productions drive. We are continuously developing our drone program. Experimenting/testing new, original and dramatic ways to use this technology, and push its boundaries. For us, it is super important that this exciting visual effect contributes to the narratives in our complex productions.”

Key Facts

• 48 Lucie® micro drones

• 2 shows per cruise

• 12m x 7m (39ft x 23ft) stage

• Performed above the audience and integrated with stage lights

• Operated by client

• Launched 2019 and is ongoing

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New Year's Gala 2019 - CCTV

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New Year's Gala 2019 - CCTV

With an estimated 1 billion viewers across the globe, the show is the most-watched TV program in the world. This year, Chinese lantern drones took flight above 50 dancers and famous singers Sun Nan and Jason Zhang.

The CCTV (China Central Television) New Year’s Gala is the world’s most-watched TV program. This event was broadcast live to an estimated 1 billion viewers across the globe. With 88 Lucie® micro drones flying over performers in red Chinese lantern costumes, this is the largest number of costumed drones ever seen in a performance.
 

Sponsored by TikTok, a leading social media platform in Asia, the show opens to “The Distance of Time”, sung by popular singer Sun Nan and up-and-coming pop star Jason Zhang. As the song builds, 88 Lucie micro drones fly from the back of the stage like butterflies to dance above the 70 performers dressed as blossoming cherry trees.

The Chinese lantern costumes adorning the Lucie micro drones were all designed and produced by the world’s only drone costume designer and Verity employee, Léa Pereyre. Pereyre creates the costume design in CAD software before laser-cutting the materials and assembling the costumes. The drones feature special guards that have pre-defined slots to easily attach costume elements. This concept makes it easy to quickly create large numbers of costumes and transform drones into moving pieces of scenography, props and even characters.

Leading Chinese smart media entertainment company, Keey Media, collaborated with Verity Studios on behalf of the main sponsor TikTok to produce the segment for the 2019 CCTV New Year’s Gala. Wan Li of Keey Media said he was excited to work with Verity to produce this spectacle:
 
“When the drones floated up from the back of the stage, it was a very special moment. We specialize in live entertainment, but we’ve never seen anything like this before. We see a lot of potential in this technology for entertainment and we’re excited to see what comes next.”

Key Facts

• Year: 2019

• 88 Lucie® micro drones

• Custom Chinese lantern costumes

• 17m x 17m x 10m (56ft x 56ft x 33ft) stage

• Watched by over 1 billion people

• Operated by Verity

• Drones coordinated with LED screens, 70 dancers' movements and 2 famous Chinese pop stars

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Talisman - The Dubai Mall

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Talisman - The Dubai Mall

Verity Studios, the global leader in indoor drone technology, has brought an immersive experience to The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations, with a drone show as part of a daily light and sound spectacle.

Talisman is a creation by Lune Rouge Entertainment, the new live entertainment company started by Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil.

Created to celebrate the Dubai Mall’s 10th anniversary, Talisman tells the poetic and inspiring story of a dream come true, from sand to city, from vision to reality.

At show time, an LED-screen tower in the middle of the Star Atrium in the mall came to life with psychedelic patterns and animations to create an immersive multimedia show.

But the most surprising element for the mall’s more than 750,000 weekly visitors was a swarm of 44 Lucie micro drones circling the tower, complemented by stage fog and lasers. When the show starts, a single hero drone dressed as a red desert flower circles the central pillar before being joined by its companions in a grand finale.

Talisman is an example of how a joint creative vision can result in a compelling combination of drone technology with more traditional effects such as LED screens or stage fog.

Key Facts

• Year: 2018

• 44 Lucie® micro drones

• Featured 4 costumed micro drones

• 10m (33 ft) diameter circular stage

• 34 public shows

• Fully client operated

• Drones coordinated with film, lasers, stage fog and a central LED-screen pillar

• Integrated with mall architecture


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Drake 2018-2019 Tour

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Drake 2018-2019 Tour

Touring with Drake since July 2018, Verity Studios’ micro drones light up the stage with flying waves and a drone swarm cloud.

Grammy award-winning Canadian artist Drake is one of the best-selling rappers of the 21st century. Performing to audiences of more than 50,000 people, his previous North American tour broke the record for the highest grossing hip-hop tour of all time. This is a first for the Lucie micro drones, debuting with a rap artist on the back of touring with rock band Metallica and Circus Knie. Grammy award-winning Canadian artist Drake is one of the best-selling rappers of the 21st century.


Touring with Drake from July to November 2018, Verity Studios’ micro drones light up the stage with flying waves and a drone swarm cloud. Elevate, a song on Drake’s new album Scorpion, opens with the micro drones swarming onto the stage to surround Drake in a cloud of lights to the roar of the audience. In another guest appearance, the Lucie micro drones create a glittering wave in the song Look Alive.

Touring across 25 venues in North America, the miniature back-up dancers have made a splash on social media and in the press, with featured stories by Rolling Stone, CNET, and Gizmodo.

Rolling Stone noted that artists are focusing more on creating shareable, iconic moments in their shows. “They’ll remember “Drake’s dancing lights” and associate the display with a one-of-a-kind experience at a specific artist’s show. Shows that are able to visually distinguish themselves from the otherwise-homogeneous slew of other concerts are the ones that stick around in people’s minds.”

Key Facts

• Year: 2018-2019

• 88 Lucie® micro drones in 2 choreographies

• 18m x 8m (60 ft x 26 ft) stage

• Performed in 32 venues across North America and Europe

• 75 public shows

• Client operated

• Drones coordinated with artist, 360⁰ LED screen stage and lighting

• Drones land in the hands of stage technicians on either side of catwalk

• Creative director: Willo Perron

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Fantastic Journey - Princess Cruises

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Fantastic Journey - Princess Cruises

Verity Studios’ Lucie micro drones are featured as part of the on-board entertainment for Princess Cruises’ new ship, the Majestic Princess.

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Princess Cruises launched a new cruise ship in April 2017: the Majestic Princess. Onboard was a world first, a swarm of flying Lucie® micro drones dancing and interacting with a singer onstage. The show drones synchronize their movements and lights to the show’s music and stage effects, which include stage lighting, projections, and stage fog as part of the ship’s show: Fantastic Journey. 

Show director, Danny Teeson, said the choreographed drones were “visually stunning”. “The drones speak for themselves. To have a fantastic singer be elevated amongst choreographed drones – you don’t need anything else. It just transports you for that moment.” 

Cruise ships are challenging environments for many technology installations and this success speaks to the maturity of Verity’s indoor drone show system.

“We told Verity it would be a challenge, but they said ’we can do it’,” said Tracy Andronek, Production Operations Automation, Scenic and Drones.

The Lucie micro drones have now fascinated audiences in over 100 performances, with many more to come. “They were just mesmerized at the drones and you can see people pointing and saying ‘ahhhh’ during the number,” said Andronek.
This is the world’s first autonomous indoor drone swarm performance on a cruise ship. 

Key Facts.

• The world’s first autonomous indoor drone show on a cruise ship
• Year: 2017 - ongoing
• 6.1m x 7.32m (20 ft x 24 ft) flight space
• Directed by: Danny Teeson
• Performed all over the world on the high seas
• 14 Lucie® micro drones
• Fully client operated
• Integrated with cruise ship stage infrastructure
• Drones coordinated with music, lighting, projections, stage fog and singer’s movements

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Metallica 2017-2019 Tour

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Metallica 2017-2019 Tour

Metallica is currently on tour featuring a Synthetic Swarm of Verity Studios’ Lucie micro drones, bringing a new dimension to their recent hit “Moth into Flame”

Heavy metal band Metallica has been traveling the world with their WorldWired tour since summer 2017. To kick off the arena tour, they decided to raise the stakes for their song Moth into Flame with a world first. As the music builds, 99 of Verity’s Lucie® micro drones emerge from below the stage to swarm around the band. This is the world’s first autonomous drone swarm performance in a major touring act. The drone show was produced in collaboration with TAIT Towers.  

“After the first night we successfully piloted the drones, James Hetfield walked over to a microphone and announced to the audience how “f—ing cool” the show had been because of Verity’s drones,” said Dan Braun, show director for the band Metallica. “It’s magnificent what they are doing, whether you see it live or on social media. The programmers of the drones do a great job.” 

With Metallica, the drone swarm will tour around the USA until March 2019.

Key facts.

• The world’s first autonomous indoor drone show for a touring act
• Year: 2017 - 2019
• Show director: Dan Braun
• 13m x 13m (44 ft x 44ft) main stage
• 99 Lucie micro drones
• Fully client operated
• Performed in more than 20 countries worldwide
• Integrated with 360-degree stage infrastructure and stage lifts
• Drones coordinated with band, video projections and lighting
• Drones landed in stage lifts for easy removal 

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Circus Knie 2018 Tour

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Circus Knie 2018 Tour

Featuring 32 Lucie micro drones performing in unison with acrobats under the enchanting roof of a big top provides feast for the senses.

What we did.

Switzerland’s national circus travels the country each year with its acrobats and menagerie. In the past, Circus Knie toured with elephants, a highlight of the show. But after deciding to retire its elephants to a peaceful life in the Knies Kinderzoo (children’s zoo), Circus Knie needed to replace them with something just as spectacular.

So, Circus Knie decided to add 32 of Lucie® micro drones to the mix. Dancing under the roof of the big-top circus tent, the drones perform alongside the family act, which includes Franco Knie Jr., his wife Linna and son Chris Rui. “This is a world premier for Swiss audiences,” said Franco Knie Jr. “Such an act is unique in a traveling circus.”

With this act, Knie Jr. was excited about combining technology and tradition. "At Circus Knie, we always make sure that we present modern elements in addition to tradition to offer a show for young and old," he said. “In search of components for the modern touch, we soon became aware of Verity Studios’ fantastic drone shows online. After first discussions, we quickly agreed that the drones should become one of the highlights of our 2018 program.”

Based on the feedback from audiences, it was the right decision. “We have received much positive feedback from visitors who appreciate the drone show, especially the interaction between light and music. We also often hear from visitors that they like it because it's something completely new and different in a circus show.”

A traveling circus is a challenging environment, but Knie Jr. said Verity was up to the challenge. “The experts at Verity Studios have responded very well and quickly to the special needs we face in the traveling circus business.”

This is the world’s first autonomous indoor drone swarm to tour with a circus.

Key facts.

• The world’s first autonomous indoor drone show in a touring circus
• Year: 2018
• 10m diameter (44 ft) circular stage
• Performed 7 shows per week for 9 months
• Performed in 38 locations
• 32 Lucie® micro drones
• Fully client operated
• Integrated with circus tent infrastructure
• Drones coordinated with live musicians, lighting and acrobatics

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RSA Conference 2018 - Nth Degree

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RSA Conference 2018 - Nth Degree

The Lucie™ micro drones opened the 2018 RSA Conference in a one-time performance at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Opening the 2018 RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, 32 Lucie® micro drones danced in harmony with 3 opera singers.

The micro drones were carefully choreographed to convey the changing emotions of the act. “When the drones first appeared, the song was light and melodic – and the drones were like fireflies and beautiful,” said Sandra Toms from the RSA Conference. “As the song changed to dark and moody, the drones changed to an ominous red color.”

RSA is the world’s leading cyber security conference, so the addition of cutting-edge drone technology ideally complemented the opening act. “When the drones came back, people in the back jumped up and used their phones to video tape what was happening,” said Toms. “It was unexpected, and the audience appreciated the surprise.”

Key facts.

• Year: 2018
• One-time event
• 18.29m x 12.19m (60 ft x 40 ft) flight space
• 32 Lucie® micro drones
• Operated by Verity Studios
• Integrated with stage infrastructure
• Drones coordinated with music and lighting

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NYK Pre-Game Show 2017-2018 - MSG

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NYK Pre-Game Show 2017-2018 - MSG

Verity Studios is making its debut on the American sports scene as a highlight of the New York Knicks season home opener at Madison Square Garden.

Lighting up the sky at Madison Square Garden, Verity’s Lucie® micro drones were some of the most valuable players in the 2017-2018 New York Knicks season.

In the pre-game show, the micro drones flew in sync with 16 dancers and their LED costumes in front of more than 20,000 audience members for 40 shows.

The micro drones flew above the Knicks City Dancers in the team’s brand colors, in a variety of configurations before landing gently in the performers’ outstretched hands.

This was the world’s first permanent autonomous indoor drone show in a full-scale arena.

Key facts.

• Year: 2017 - 2018
• Permanent Installation
• 9m x 9m (30 ft x 30 ft) flight space
• 40 shows completed
• First permanent indoor drone show in a full-scale arena
• 32 Lucie® micro drones
• Fully client operated
• Integrated with 360° stage infrastructure
• Drones coordinated with music, projections, moving lights and LED costumes  

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Paramour 2016 - Cirque du Soleil

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Paramour 2016 - Cirque du Soleil

Verity Studios’ work was featured in Paramour, the Broadway show by Cirque du Soleil. Contributions included the choreography of the show segment, the frame design and lighting design of the lamp shade costumes, and all technologies related to the autonomous show drones and their operation.

What we did.

During their run on Broadway, the Stage Flyer drones completed 398 public shows, including more than 7,000 autonomous takeoffs, flights, and landings, in front of an audience of up to 2,000 people per show, all of them without safety nets. The system was entirely client-operated, with the theatre staff providing routine maintenance and the show’s automation carpenter running all shows. Verity Studios provided maintenance services twice per year.

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At the official TED2016 Conference in Canada, Verity Studios founder and CEO Raffaello D’Andrea stunned the live audience with the world’s first autonomous indoor drone light show.

A single micro drone takes off from D’Andrea’s hand before being joined by 32 more glowing fireflies. Swarming together around the stage and out above the audience, the micro drones debuted to the visible delight of the audience.

“That was truly spectacular, a big highlight of the conference,” said Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED. “It’s hard to over-emphasize how much impact this had in the theater. A truly great TED moment.”

This was the world’s first ever autonomous indoor drone show.

The performance at TED 2016 was just the beginning for Verity Studios. Quickly followed by installations for Cirque du Soleil and Metallica, Verity Studios has amazed audiences worldwide with its pioneering indoor drone light shows.

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• The world’s first ever autonomous indoor drone show

• Year: 2016

• 33 Lucie® micro drones

• Operated by Verity Studios

• Drones flew above the stage and the audience

• 6 million + views

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Sparked 2014 - Cirque du Soleil

Sparked is a short film that combines human dramatic performance with a group of computer controlled drones, resulting from a collaboration between Verity Studios, ETH Zurich, and Cirque du Soleil.

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Sparked is a short film that combines human dramatic performance with a group of computer controlled drones, resulting from a collaboration between Verity Studios, ETH Zurich, and Cirque du Soleil. The video features Verity Studios’ Stage Flyer drones in a variety of bespoke drone costumes. Its visual textures are real – no CGI or wires, slow-mo or fast-forwards were used to enhance what you see.

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Media & Awards - 2019-10-23

Billboard: The 6 Best Moments of Celine Dion's First Stop in the U.S.

Celine Dion Comes Alive With Stunning First Stop in U.S. of 'Courage' World Tour: Here Are the 6 Best Moments

Here are the six best moments from the Courage World Tour in Cleveland.

Song choices: With 30-years-worth of discography to choose from, Dion did an impressive job seamlessly mixing older hits ("Beauty and the Beast") with her new singles ("Courage" and "Lying Down"), leaving no fan of her work disappointed. And her one-two encore punch of "My Heart Will Go On" and John Lennon's "Imagine" struck an extraordinary chord.

Sartorial statements: She wore five different outfits in all. The first was pure sultry chanteuse -- a red, sequined dress with a short slit up her thigh. Then, she donned a tuxedo-like fit accompanied with huge puffy sleeves she would later discard because "it's a little hot in here." (But "don't worry, doctors' orders. I will keep my pants on," she promised.) Next up -- a nude and black-laced gown with another, even higher slit up the thigh. For her medley of covers that began with David Bowie's "Just Dance," she wore a Ziggy Stardust-esque sparkly suit, complete with other-worldly shoulders. (She'd add a red arm reminiscent of Freddie Mercury for "Another One Bites the Dust.") And finally, for her encore -- an iceberg of a dress with layers upon layers of tulle for "My Heart Will Go On" and "Imagine."

The banter: At the beginning of the show, Dion lamented how long it had been since she performed in Cleveland, setting a playful tone that would pervade throughout the night. "It's been more than 10 years since we were here the last time. What is that? I can't even count to ten. Ain't doing that no more," she joked. "Maybe it's because they locked me up in Vegas a little bit. But I escaped. And I came to Cleveland and it feels fantastic." 

Audience participation: When introducing the John Farnham song "You're the Voice," Dion really wanted everyone in attendance to help out -- so she and her backup vocalists taught the audience a special part of the tune, encouraging people to sing with her. Then, during "Because You Loved Me," she told the audience join her once again "because you know the words." Of course, everyone was already singing with her the whole time.

Her vocals: You'd never know the 51-year-old singer was recently put on vocal rest, forcing her to reschedule parts of her tour. Her voice was spot-on fantastic the entire show.

The drones: Yep. There were drones emulating stars, water, and even the "heart of the ocean" diamond for "My Heart Will Go On." 

Overall, Dion reminded everyone why she's one of the world's biggest stars with a forceful, engaging showstopping concert.

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Team Verity Spotlight: Steve Maassen

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2019-11-13

Team Verity Spotlight: Steve Maassen

Drone Choreographer Steve Maassen

Growing up in nearby Luxembourg, Steve Maassen came to Switzerland to study mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. While at school, he fell in love with the country and decided he would stay after his graduation. When asked how he first heard about Verity, Steve said, “If you’re studying robotics at ETH, it is difficult not to hear about Verity.” As a musician as well as an engineer, Steve was drawn to the unique combination of music and math that comes with drone performances. While he initially applied for a control engineering position, once hearing about an open drone choreographer position, he reapplied, thinking the role would suit him perfectly.

“I love the fact that I can combine my creative expertise with my technical skills, all while having the opportunity to create something that has never been seen before.” Another interesting aspect of his role is the detail and thought that must go into making sure a client is happy with the drone choreography. Minute changes can cause the performance to convey entirely different emotions and feelings. For clients that want human/drone interaction, it is a must for the drones to be perfectly in sync with the performers.

In his role, Steve is responsible for programming the flight paths for the drone performances as well as the ongoing improvement of the choreography tools used at Verity. Once the client is happy with the choreography, Steve also goes on site for rehearsals to make any final tweaks and changes in big productions. Steve describes the on-site aspect of his job to be one that is exhilarating and intense. Being in the production crew requires constant focus and concentration to be sure there are no last-minute issues. Attention to detail is key to running a successful performance, and there is the expectation of perfection every night. Nevertheless, he thinks it’s all worth it once the show begins.

“It is an indescribable feeling seeing the amazement on people’s faces and hearing the cheers for the drone motions and lights you programmed.”

Steve has been involved in choreographing the following shows:
• Celine Dion’s Courage World Tour
• Drake’s Assassination Vacation and Aubrey and the Three Migos tours
• China Kingway’s 2047 Apologue Season 3
• CCTV’s New Year’s Gala
• Lune Rouge’s Talisman for The Dubai Mall
• Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas


Steve Maassen is just one of the many talented people at Verity. Look out for more Spotlights to get to know our team. If you’re interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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Céline Dion brings her classic "My Heart Will Go On" into the future with 104 Verity drones

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Céline Dion brings her classic "My Heart Will Go On" into the future with 104 Verity drones



From sparkling water droplets to flying trash, autonomous indoor drones continue to open up new possibilities for artists and creatives

ZURICH– October 1st, 2019 – Verity Studios AG, the global leader in autonomous indoor drones, announced today that its drones have embarked on a new tour with one of the world’s best-selling artists: Céline Dion. In parallel, Verity completed an event in Beijing with Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In the much-awaited encore of Dion’s show, the song “My Heart Will Go On,” more than 100 Verity drones rise from the stage, dramatically turning blue and thronging around Dion as the song reaches its crescendo. In the final strains of the song, the drones hover above Céline before descending to the stage one by one. A single drone sinks down towards Dion’s outstretched hands before it lifts away as she raises her arms.

Verity’s Head of Live Events, Federico Augugliaro, said the drones were key in creating a powerful and uplifting moment to end the concert.

“My Heart Will Go On is Céline Dion’s biggest hit, and show designer Yves Aucoin wanted to create a big visual impact for this song. The drones were integral in providing an immersive, 3D effect, and Céline Dion’s interactions with the drones evoke a strong emotional response from the audience.”

As well as embarking on a new tour with Céline Dion, Verity’s Lucie micro drones appeared at the National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing this month. Costumed as flying plastic waste, they performed in Season 3 of Apologue 2047, a show created by China Kingway.

Verity CEO and founder Raffaello D’Andrea said this is proof that autonomous indoor drones have cemented their place in the pallet of live events effects.

“Whether on tour, in theaters, or in corporate events, shopping malls and airports, Verity’s autonomous flying machines have become a standard line item for many big-budget productions. By continuing to integrate with the live events ecosystem and getting this technology into the hands of designers, we expect the creative use of what we have developed to increase exponentially.”

To learn more about Verity and see videos of previous shows, visit www.veritystudios.com

To request interviews, videos, pictures, and media tickets contact media@veritystudios.com

To book tickets to Céline Dion’s Courage world tour, visit https://www.celinedion.com/in-concert/

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About Verity

Verity is the global leader in autonomous indoor drones and a leading provider of drone failsafe technology. Founded in 2014, Verity's drones have completed more than 150,000 autonomous flights safely above people, in more than 100 venues in 20 countries worldwide. Its systems also enable the deployment of dynamic sensors and other payloads anywhere in commercial and industrial facilities. Verity’s drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and in global tours of major artists including Drake and Metallica.

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Verity Signs Intel Executive To Lead Sales Growth

Fabrice Couadou will bring his extensive experience from the Intel New Business Group to Verity.

ZURICH – August 14, 2019 – Verity Studios AG, the global leader in indoor drone systems, announced today that Head of Sales Fabrice Couadou is the latest addition to its growing senior management team.

With more than 20 years of sales, business development, and marketing experience at Intel, Couadou will focus on scaling Verity’s live events business. Leading business development efforts for Intel’s EMEA drone business for the past several years, he intends to leverage his insights and experience to drive Verity to the next level of commercial success.

“Verity has brought leading-edge technology to the live events industry and at the same time made it reliable, safe, and easy to operate. With its innovation roadmap, Verity is already several steps ahead of the market and its competition and has established a successful recurring business model. Verity’s work with entertainment providers like Cirque du Soleil and MSG, and artists like Drake and Metallica is further proof that they’re the clear leaders in this field, and I’m excited to join the team.”

Couadou has experience working with large commercial clients and sees the potential of the company’s autonomous indoor drone technology to disrupt processes in a variety of industries.

“From live events to industrial settings, autonomous indoor drones can fundamentally transform the way we deploy lights, scenography, or other payloads indoors. It doesn’t take much of a leap to imagine the same technology and system architecture flying sensors around in an industrial facility.”

Verity founder and CEO Raffaello D’Andrea looks forward to seeing the impact Couadou will have on the sales team as well as the wider organization.

“As we’ve been deepening the breadth of experience across our management team, we look for people who deeply identify with Verity’s values of pushing the limits by doing things that have never been done before and creating viable new markets.”

To learn more about Verity and see videos of previous shows, visit www.veritystudios.com.

To request interviews, videos and pictures, contact media@veritystudios.com.

To learn more about Fabrice Couadou, read this Team Verity Spotlight. 

About Verity

Verity is the global leader in autonomous indoor drone systems and a leading provider of drone failsafe technology. Founded in 2014, Verity's drones have completed more than 150,000 autonomous flights safely above people, in more than 100 facilities in 20 countries worldwide. Its systems also enable the deployment of dynamic sensors and other payloads anywhere in commercial and industrial facilities. Verity’s drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and in global tours of major artists including Drake and Metallica.

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Team Verity Spotlight: Filip Lolland

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Team Verity Spotlight: Filip Lolland

Hardware Intern Filip Lolland

Specializing in drone design, Norwegian-born Filip Lolland is an intern on the hardware team at Verity. He arrived in Switzerland in September 2018 and completed an exchange semester at ETH, studying for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Drawn to the mountainous landscape and fascinated by the prominence of exciting tech firms in the area, Filip decided to extend his stay. During his search for internship positions, he came across Verity. The company piqued his interest as he had previously worked with drones while leading the hardware division of his university robotics team. Filip applied for a position and started at the company in March 2019.

Filip’s primary responsibility at Verity is designing and building drones that serve as the development platforms for Verity’s next generation of indoor flying machines. Like many members of the Verity team, Filip’s role is multi-faceted as he must analyze the data produced by the drones and system tests for future development.

“The challenges I encounter on an everyday basis range from analyzing terabytes of data to designing and ensuring the structural integrity of industrial-size drones. The responsibility that accompanies these tasks is my favorite part of the job. My supervisors give me tasks and have faith in my ability to solve problems without their direct help. This level of trust and respect is motivational and rewarding.”

The work environment at Verity is another highlight for Filip. “Because of the short deadlines and significant workload, we make rapid progress on projects. The dynamic is great because everyone around you is fun and working together to achieve a common goal. It’s exhilarating to contribute to the development of the latest piece of technology.”

Filip says the internship at Verity Studios is exactly what he hoped for. “I’ve always been interested in gaining interesting international work experience and I knew from the moment I was interviewed that Verity was the right place for me.”

Outside of Verity, Filip continues to participate in activities that satisfy his desire to work with drones. As a member of Ascend, his university robotics team, he recently took part in the International Aerial Robotics Competition in Atlanta, USA. The purpose of the event was to contribute to the development of robotics and his team came away with several awards, including best technical demonstration and best system design. Once his internship at Verity has concluded, he will return to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and lead the team as chief engineer during the final year of his studies.

Filip Lolland is just one of the many talented people at Verity. Look out for more Spotlights to get to know our team or if you’re interested in joining us, check out our careers page. 



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Team Verity Spotlight: Fabrice Couadou

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2019-08-14

Team Verity Spotlight: Fabrice Couadou

Head of Sales Fabrice Couadou

Born in the city of Pau in France, Fabrice heads up the sales team at Verity. As Head of Sales, Fabrice is responsible for leading the sales team, negotiating with key clients and establishing efficient and customer-centric processes.

“In my role, I help Verity build on its successes with artists like Drake, and Metallica and entertainment providers like Cirque du Soleil and MSG by finding new partners and bellwether accounts.”

After completing his foundation degree at IUT in Paris, Fabrice spent two years at Lancaster University in the UK and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marketing & Economics. He concluded his studies with an MBA at Lancaster University Management School. In 1994, Fabrice moved to Munich, Germany where he started as a research Analyst at Compaq Computers, before joining Intel in 1996, working in sales, marketing and business development.

In his final 5 years at Intel, Fabrice worked for its New Business Group and in late 2016, took over as Business Development Director for the drone division, spanning Europe, the Middle East and Africa. After working with some of the most promising startups Intel had acquired, he decided it was the right time to move to Verity, believing it to be the world’s leading indoor autonomous drone startup.

“Verity has engineered leading edge technology and at the same time made it simple and easy to operate for its clients. Its focus on safety and reliability also enables interactions that would be near impossible for other competitors. Flights over people and close interactions with performers are two examples of this.”

Couadou is passionate about the potential of drones as a creative medium in live events. With the trend towards visually rich 3D experiences, he believes autonomous indoor drones have more to offer than the flying lights so popular today, but will also integrate with other stage effects, move props and scenography and even become characters in their own rights.

“I’ve seen people from CEOs to small children with tears in their eyes when they see a drone show because it’s so magical. It creates a unique moment that you remember forever and can continue to wow you, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. What’s exciting about Verity is its focus on innovation. The team is working on truly integrating drones in the pallet of live events effects and enabling designers to make the show their own.”

Choosing to change companies after 20 years, Fabrice believes Verity is the right move for him because of the diversity and energy of the team. 

“I connect well with Verity because I’m still young in my mind and embrace change. At Verity we have so much diversity - 24 nationalities in a small company of 60 or so people. This enables Verity to be agile to market trends and I see this as a great advantage.

Fabrice Couadou is just one of the many talented people at Verity. Look out for more Spotlights to get to know our team or if you’re interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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USI Events: Interview with CEO and Founder Raffaello D'Andrea

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Media & Awards - 2019-07-04

USI Events: Interview with CEO and Founder Raffaello D'Andrea

Before giving a presentation at USI in Paris, D'Andrea sat down with journalists to discuss the specifics of the upcoming drone show and possible future applications of the technology.

Stressing the importance of reliability and robustness, he described the potential of flying machines in the years to come. Although he believes fully autonomous transit systems are still a long way off, he considers creating autonomous drone systems for industrial use to be more attainable, with the concept currently being explored.

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Team Verity Spotlight: Alex Tintore

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2019-06-27

Team Verity Spotlight: Alex Tintore

Technical Project Manager Alex Tintore

Originally from Barcelona, Alex Tintore has been with Verity for just over a year and is a member of the productions team. As a Technical Project Manager, Alex plans and helps to execute drone shows for live events. During the planning phase, he is Verity's point of contact for the client, assisting them with the technical integration of the drones within the production. He is also responsible for commissioning the system on-site and aims to create an experience an audience will never forget.

Before beginning his professional career, Alex studied at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and graduated with a degree in Production and Technical Management. He has a variety of work experience in the performance industry, including working as a production technician for live shows on the Disney Cruise Line. Prior to starting at Verity, he was responsible for managing projects and installations for several high-profile clients at a Creative Production agency in London.

"I chose Verity because I was aware of the growth potential of drones within the live events industry… I’ve always wanted to pursue my interest in working with cutting edge technology and as I am a drone enthusiast, I found it to be a great match.”

Alex’s role is not without challenge; he has had to manage demanding projects such as the 2018 Drake Tour, the 2019 CCTV Chinese New Year’s Gala and a permanent installation on the latest member of the Royal Caribbean fleet – Spectrum of the Seas. During these events, he has had to accommodate for unique stage configurations and complex drone interactions with performers.  He explains, “Sitting somewhere between stage lighting, automation and special FX, drones for entertainment are an entirely new area within the live events industry. Most of our clients, who have been in the industry for many years, have never seen anything like this before. Drones have a limited flight time as well as a designated flight space. This is very different than a lighting fixture that can run for the entire show without the need for recharging in between uses.”

Alex must thoroughly understand the technical processes necessary for drone performance in order to be able to deliver a system that is robust and safe to perform daily. “It’s an incredible feeling to see the show you have been working on for months go live and have a TV audience of over a billion people.” Alex describes one of the highlights of the work environment at Verity to be the level of diversity in the office. “I really enjoy working with people of many nationalities as you get the chance to learn about different cultures and the ways they interact…We all share passion for new technologies but also love to plan outdoor activities all over Switzerland.”

With his technical expertise and production experience, Alex is perfectly suited for the role of Technical Project Manager at Verity. “I am highly motivated to bring an innovative product to new clients and jump at the opportunity to offer a new tool to the industry that will help take creativity to the next level."

Alex Tintore is just one of the many talented people at Verity Studios. Look out for more Verity
Team Spotlights to get to know our team or if you're interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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WIRED: Swiss company Verity Studios has developed an algorithm that helps autonomous drones to retain control if one or two rotors become disabled

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Media & Awards - 2019-04-29

WIRED: Swiss company Verity Studios has developed an algorithm that helps autonomous drones to retain control if one or two rotors become disabled

Even with a sophisticated flight management and tracking systems, drones can sometimes break or encounter unexpected obstacles. Companies are working on fixes here. Zipline uses ballistic parachutes to prevent its fixed-wing electric drones from going splat. Google’s Wing uses machine learning-based algorithms to locate safe delivery points away from trees, buildings, and power lines. Swiss company Verity Studios has developed an algorithm that helps autonomous drones to retain control if one or two rotors become disabled.

When that happens, drones start to spin uncontrollably—so Verity’s system, called Failsafe, capitalizes on that spinning, working with it to stabilize the craft and regain control. According to company founder Raffaello D’Andrea, this can be done almost instantly. “When Failsafe is triggered, the drone will recover in a space of 2 meters or less and remains fully controllable in this novel spinning mode,” he says. “The operator can then manually navigate the drone to an appropriate landing location, or in the case of autonomous flight, you can ask the drone to ‘return home’ and it will navigate to its original take-off location and land using GPS.”

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Come along to SXSW 2019 to see a keynote by Verity’s founder and CEO, Raffaello D’Andrea

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Come along to SXSW 2019 to see a keynote by Verity’s founder and CEO, Raffaello D’Andrea

Combining a presentation with an interactive drone demonstration, Raffaello D’Andrea will give a TED-style keynote on creativity and drone technology at the Sony WOW Studio as part of SXSW. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Austin Noronha, Managing Director of the Sony Innovation Fund, and time to discuss in person with D’Andrea and the Verity team after the event.

Location: 99 Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 USA
Date: 12th of March
Time: 16:00 CDT
Entry: free to those with SXSW badges, contact Katie Cullen Montgomerie to reserve your place. She can also organize a place for a small number of guests without SXSW passes.

Read more about SXSW 2019 here.

The keynote at SXSW will be streamed live on Tuesday at 16:00 CDT. If you are interested in attending virtually, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Business Wire: Verity Studios Launches Software Algorithm to Make Drones Dramatically Safer

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Media & Awards - 2019-02-28

Business Wire: Verity Studios Launches Software Algorithm to Make Drones Dramatically Safer

Autonomous drone swarm leaders offer low cost, weightless, and easily-integrated algorithms that drastically reduce failure rates

Verity Studios AG, a pioneer in autonomous drones, has launched an integration program for their Failsafe technology for quadcopters. The patented Failsafe solution provides powerful and cost-effective safety enhancements to any consumer and commercial quadcopter drone platform. This program allows drone manufacturers to easily implement the Failsafe algorithm into their drones as a standalone or complementary safety solution to guard against the most common cause of system-error crashes: propulsion system failures.

Verity’s Failsafe provides the first line of defense against propulsion system failures at little to no cost to the consumer, significantly increasing the safety and reliability of any quadrotor. When a Failsafe-enabled drone has a propulsion system failure, instead of spinning out of control and crashing to the ground, the drone stays in the air, stabilizing itself using sophisticated algorithms. It can then be safely navigated to an appropriate landing location. This type of disaster mitigation has never been achieved or implemented by manufacturers, forcing customers to pay for expensive retrofit systems, like parachutes, in an attempt to make their drones safer.

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Team Verity Spotlight: Flavio Fontana

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2019-02-22

Team Verity Spotlight: Flavio Fontana

Head of Systems & Controls Flavio Fontana

Flavio Fontana grew up in Murten, Switzerland. Because of his early passion and fascination for model airplanes, he studied Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich. During his studies he worked at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), in the research group of Verity’s founder Raffaello D’Andrea. Flavio got his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013.   

In 2015, Flavio was looking for a new challenge. He’d heard about Verity from Markus Hehn, his former colleague from IDSC and co-founder and CTO of Verity Studios. Flavio was excited about the combination of intelligent systems and drone technology, so Verity was a good fit. Applying this technology in the field of live entertainment was completely new for him, and it made the job even more exciting: “Our indoor drone show system is used in shows all around the world. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to many spectacular shows.”  

Currently he leads the Systems and Controls team at Verity Studios. “Often”, he said, “people ask me what I do in my job. It is easier to explain if I start with what I don’t do. I don’t design or build the drones. I don’t create the choreographies and light patterns. In my job I develop the brain of the drone. It means I develop systems that ensure the drones follow their flight paths accurately. In addition to this I have created a highly sophisticated safety concept for drones. This enables the drones to react to problems intelligently and prevents catastrophic outcomes. For example, the drone can detect a failed motor and switch to a different control strategy that allows the drone to fly out of the show and to land safely backstage.”  

Flavio said one of the best parts of his job is the interdisciplinary nature of his work: “It covers the full spectrum: from developing an idea on the whiteboard; to sitting in front of the computer; to finally creating a robot that flies.”   

Flavio also appreciates the varied and interesting challenges he has at Verity Studios: “At Verity I have the opportunity to contribute from early on and shape the product. I am also very excited about the market we operate in. My two personal highlights are last year’s Circus Knie tour and the current Metallica tour. I love to be in an arena with 20,000 people and see our drones perform a light show with a huge band like Metallica playing underneath.” 

Flavio Fontana is just one of the many talented people at Verity Studios. Look out for more Verity Team Spotlights to get to know our team, or if you're interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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Verity Studios and TikTok bring 88 costumed drones to the 2019 CCTV New Year's Gala

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Verity Studios and TikTok bring 88 costumed drones to the 2019 CCTV New Year's Gala

With an estimated 1 billion viewers across the globe, the show is the most-watched TV program in the world. This year, Chinese lantern drones took flight above 70 dancers and famous singers Sun Nan and Jason Zhang.

ZURICH– February 6, 2019 – Verity Studios AG, the global leader in indoor drone systems, and Keey Media, a leading smart entertainment company in China, announced today that 88 Verity Studios drones were chosen to feature in the CCTV New Year’s Gala. 

The CCTV (China Central Television) New Year’s Gala is the world’s most-watched TV program. This event was broadcast live to an estimated 1 billion viewers across the globe. With 88 Lucie® micro drones flying over performers in red Chinese lantern costumes, this is the largest number of costumed drones ever seen in a performance.

 Sponsored by TikTok, a leading social media platform in Asia, the show opens to “The Distance of Time”, sung by popular singer Sun Nan and up-and-coming pop star Jason Zhang. As the song builds, 88 Lucie micro drones fly from the back of the stage like butterflies to dance above the 50 performers dressed as blossoming cherry trees.

“This stunning performance proves how compelling drones can be. More than just flying lights, we’ve shown that costumes can transform this technology into moving sculptures. This is the first large-scale performance ever done with drone costumes,” said Raffaello D’Andrea, founder of Verity and co-founder of Amazon Robotics.

 The Chinese lantern costumes adorning the Lucie micro drones were all designed and produced by the world’s only drone costume designer and Verity employee, Léa Pereyre. Pereyre creates the costume design in CAD software before laser-cutting the materials and assembling the costumes. The drones feature special guards that have pre-defined slots to easily attach costume elements. This concept makes it easy to quickly create large numbers of costumes and transform drones into moving pieces of scenography, props and even characters.

Leading Chinese smart media entertainment company, Keey Media, collaborated with Verity Studios on behalf of the main sponsor TikTok to produce the segment for the 2019 CCTV New Year’s Gala. Wan Li of Keey Media said he was excited to work with Verity to produce this spectacle: 

“When the drones floated up from the back of the stage, it was a very special moment. We specialize in live entertainment, but we’ve never seen anything like this before. We see a lot of potential in this technology for entertainment and we’re excited to see what comes next.”

 To learn more about Verity and see videos of previous shows, visit www.veritystudios.com.

 To request interviews, videos and pictures of Verity’s presence at the CCTV New Year’s Gala, contact media@veritystudios.com.

 To learn more about Keey Media, visit www.keeymedia.com.

About Verity Studios

Verity Studios is the global leader in indoor drone systems. Founded in 2014, the company has extensive experience in the creation of spectacular drone shows, providing unique performances for touring productions, resident shows and one-off events. Verity’s drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest entertainment providers, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and have performed on stage as part of global tours for major artists including Drake and Metallica. Verity has completed more than 100,000 autonomous flights safely above people, across more than 20 countries worldwide.

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Upcoming events in 2019

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Events - 2019-01-29

Upcoming events in 2019

We are moving full steam ahead into this new, promising year with various projects and events coming up.

Our team will be attending the following events in 2019:

ISE, Amsterdam, 03-05 February

Pollstar Live!, Los Angeles, 11-13 February

TPI Awards, London, 26 February

SXSW, Austin, 08-17 March

MIPIM, Cannes, 12-15 March

TPMEA Awards, Dubai, 19 March

USITT, Louisville, 20-23 March

Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt, 02-05 April

Seatrade Cruise Global, Miami, 08-11 April

European Conference and Exhibition, Barcelona, 10-11 April

TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala, Anaheim, 11-13 April

World Retail Congress, Amsterdam, 14-16 May

RECon, Las Vegas, 19-22 May

Future Stores, Seattle, 05-07 June

Knight of Illumination Awards, London, 15 September

LDI, Las Vegas, 15-21 October

IAAPA, Orlando, 11-15 November

MAPIC, Cannes, 13-15 November


If you are interested in meeting one of our sales people on site, please get in touch with someone from our team.

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Access All Areas: Spectacular dancing drone performance at The Dubai Mall

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Media & Awards - 2018-11-27

Access All Areas: Spectacular dancing drone performance at The Dubai Mall

Drone technology company Verity Studios recently brought a display of dancing drones to The Dubai Mall, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The show, titled Talisman, featured 44 autonomous Lucie micro drones flying together to form clusters of light, flying strobes and even fireworks in the Star Atrium, during a performance accompanied by projections, lasers and film.The Lucie micro drones fly their pre-programmed choreographies autonomously, meaning a single operator can launch any number of drones. The micro drones can locate themselves in space and perform their choreographies using Verity’s proprietary indoor positioning system.

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Mesmerizing micro drone performance wows at The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations

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News - 2018-11-15

Mesmerizing micro drone performance wows at The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations

Dancing drones swarm around a pillar of LED screens at The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations

ZURICH – November 15th 2018 - Verity Studios, the global leader in indoor drone technology, has brought a display of dancing drones to The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations. Titled Talisman, the show is running daily until 28th November, with 44 autonomous Lucie® micro drones flying together to form clusters of light, flying strobes and even fireworks in the Star Atrium, in a beautifully-choreographed performance, accompanied by video, lasers and film.

Raffaello D’Andrea, founder and CEO of Verity Studios, explains:

“The Dubai Mall show is a beautiful display of moving art – and we have created a performance worthy of the 10th anniversary. It’s been fantastic to work alongside Lune Rouge Entertainment, the new company created by Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, and help the team there deliver their first-ever show in the Middle East.

“Verity Studios is constantly looking to push the boundaries of drone technology as a creative medium and Talisman is a compelling example of what can be achieved by incorporating drone technology with other, more traditional effects. We’ll continue to pioneer industry-changing developments for the live events market.”

The light show utilizes a swarm of Verity Studio’s unique Lucie® micro drones. Weighing just 50g, they are fitted with high intensity, pre-programmable RGBW lights and can be safely flown above the heads of artists and audiences in virtually any indoor environment.

The Lucie micro drones fly their pre-programmed choreographies autonomously, meaning a single operator can launch any number of drones. Enabling the micro drones to locate themselves in space and perform their choreographies is Verity’s proprietary indoor positioning system. As part of this system, Kedge™ localization units accurately define the boundaries of the flight space and act as satellites in what is effectively an indoor GPS.

The system can be integrated with stage architecture and offers clients ultimate flexibility, with no need for carpets, cameras or line of sight. The turnkey system means sophisticated shows can be operated directly by client staff.

About Verity Studios

Verity Studios is the global leader in indoor drone systems, and a leading provider of drone failsafe technology. The company has extensive experience in the creation of spectacular shows for commercial applications, providing unique performances for one-off occasions, commercial events and live shows. Verity drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest entertainment providers, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and have performed on stage as part of global tours for major artists including Drake and Metallica.

Verity’s clients have completed more than 40,000 autonomous flights safely above people, across more than 20 countries worldwide. The Zurich-based private company was spun off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2014. Its founder Raffaello D'Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the creation of flying machines and autonomous robots. He also was a co-founder of Boston-based Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and is now operating as Amazon Robotics.

For additional information, interviews or images, please contact:

Laura Greendale

T: 01482 236964

E: laura.greendale@bluestormdesign.co.uk

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TEA: Fantastic Journey wins a Thea Award!

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Media & Awards - 2018-11-13

TEA: Fantastic Journey wins a Thea Award!

Fantastic Journey by Princess Cruises wins a Thea Award for an outstanding achievement in a Live Show Spectacular.

Featuring 14 Lucie micro drones interacting with an outstanding singer, Fantastic Journey has won an award for its live show spectacular.

The TEA Thea Awards Committee wrote, “Fantastic Journey sets a new standard in cruise ship entertainment by the creation of an epic concert of exceptional proportions and production values aboard the Majestic Princess, which was purpose-built for the Chinese guest market.” Fantastic Journey combines the best of leading-edge entertainment technology: LED and projection mapping, programmable costumes and scenery, immersive audio and lighting design, and a unique, autonomous indoor drone show. It reflects Princess Cruises’ in-depth understanding of their market’s tastes, style, and preferences, combined with a high sensitivity to the need for best-in-class leisure experiences.

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Meet the Verity Team at Starlight Express in January

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Events - 2018-01-23

Meet the Verity Team at Starlight Express in January

Along with Starlight Express and Aurora Technologies, Verity Studios will be holding an exclusive event at the Starlight Express Theater in January.

We will be in Bochum on the 23rd of January in collaboration with Starlight Express and Aurora Technologies to demonstrate how a drone show can add a unique dimension to your next event. You'll get to see our drones live in Starlight Express, followed by a backstage tour and dinner.

Places are limited, so get in touch if you're interested in attending.

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Léa Pereyre talks at Istituto Marangoni London

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Léa Pereyre talks at Istituto Marangoni London

Léa Pereyre, drone costume designer at Verity Studios talks at Istituto Marangoni London

How will job roles change in the future thanks to advancements in technology? Léa Pereyre talks within the frame of the IM DESIGN Talks, within the frame of the London Design Festival 2018.

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Team Verity Spotlight: Laura Arciniegas

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2018-10-22

Team Verity Spotlight: Laura Arciniegas

Mechanical Intern in the Hardware Department

Laura started working at Verity in June 2018 after finishing her studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Finding this internship at Verity was pure luck, as working in the entertainment industry is far removed from the traditional engineering companies she expected to work at after her studies.

Born in Colombia, growing up in the US and doing a semester abroad in France, Laura has diverse cultural experience, which helped her adapt to living in Switzerland and working in a multicultural environment.

Laura works in the hardware department, where she has her own short and long-term product design projects. She is tasked with developing creative solutions for running quality and performance tests, writing documentation on new designs and assisting in the transfer between the design engineering and manufacturing teams. Laura enjoys working closely with the manufacturing team and being involved in testing and calibrating the Lucie® micro drones. 

One of the things Laura likes about working at Verity is the team spirit and the work ethic. “We all work extremely hard to make our company world-renowned, and I am excited to be part of the show. I like that the work is challenging, and I see the results of my hard work. I also like working alongside driven people. But the best part is the fun energetic group of interns.”

Unlike many internships, interns at Verity are given a lot of autonomy and responsibility. “My favorite part of my job is designing important drone components on my own. I get to come up with a new solution to a problem that has never been solved before. I manage my own time and resources, but I have to work diligently because my work matters.”

Laura says that despite having to move halfway around the world, she is happy she made the leap. “Joining Verity was one of the boldest and best decisions I have made.”

Laura Arciniegas is just one of the many talented people at Verity Studios. Look out for more Verity Team Spotlights to get to know our team, or if you're interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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Blabbermouth: "It all starts with the band's vision"

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Media & Awards - 2018-10-11

Blabbermouth: "It all starts with the band's vision"

The Metallica 'WorldWired' show features the touring industry's first autonomous indoor drone swarm, with 99 micro drones dancing like fireflies for the song 'Moth Into Flame'.

METALLICA's 'WorldWired' set and stage design, designed by the show's director, Dan Braun, features an immersive concert experience. Braun, who has worked with METALLICA since 1994, talked about his latest creation: "This band hasn't stopped touring in 30 years, and they sell albums like crazy. When they announced 'WorldWired', they wanted to take the live shows to a whole new level. I did some sketches and showed to Lars [Ulrich, drums] and he was very excited. He made me promise not to show them to anybody until he could get the rest of the band to see them. James Hetfield [guitar, vocals] said, 'Go for it'."The 'WorldWired' show features the touring industry's first autonomous indoor drone swarm, with 99 micro drones dancing like fireflies for the song 'Moth Into Flame'.Read the full article here

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Gizmodo: How Swarms of Super Intelligent Drones Are Taking Over Live Entertainment

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Media & Awards - 2018-10-10

Gizmodo: How Swarms of Super Intelligent Drones Are Taking Over Live Entertainment

Concerts can be boring. Typically, you’ve got an artist on stage singing songs and stuff, and then a bunch of spotlights beaming columns of color through some fake smoke. But something new is on the horizon, and it’s equal parts creepy and futuristic.

Swarms of artificially intelligent drones are starting to show up on stages around the world. Some, like the ones on Drake's latest tour, of are tiny flying lights that float above the stage. Others, like a recent Cirque du Soleil experience, featured more complex aircraft outfitted with lampshades that produced an almost ghostly effect. Metallica even has its own drone show. This might sound gimmicky at first, but when you see them live, it’s thrilling to see these little aircraft appear out of nowhere, if only because you can’t figure out how they work.

Gizmodo recently sat down with Verity Studios, one of the companies leading the way on entertainment drones, and got a behind the scenes look at the technology. The company’s founder, Raffaello D’Andrea, actually co-founded Kiva Systems, a company acquired by Amazon in 2012 that now functions as Amazon Robotics. It wasn’t hard to see how Verity Studios’ had some parallels with the autonomous robots that help pick packages in fulfillment centers, too.

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Bloomberg: Can drones be creative?

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Media & Awards - 2018-09-28

Bloomberg: Can drones be creative?

The imaginative Raffaello D’Andrea has been dreaming of flying since he was a child, and believes that flight is the ultimate form of motion.

So it’s no surprise that this Professor, new media artist and TED Talk expert, spends his time creating stunning aerial art with innovative drone technology.

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Rolling Stone: Meet the Backup Dancers on Drake’s Tour: Tiny, Sentient Drones

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Media & Awards - 2018-09-23

Rolling Stone: Meet the Backup Dancers on Drake’s Tour: Tiny, Sentient Drones

When the setlist on Drake’s current tour rolls around to two particular songs, “Elevate” and “Look Alive,” 200 backup dancers rush onto the stage to twirl in choreographed fashion above the rapper’s head.

They’re miniature autonomous drones, made by Zurich-based indoor drone company Verity Studios, which custom-designed the tech for the Canadian rapper’s “Aubrey and the Three Amigos” tour. At a demonstration of the micro drones in New York City last month amid Drake’s multiple tour stops in town, Verity’s founder Raffaello D’Andrea — an engineering professor and entrepreneur who also was the founder of Kiva Systems, which is now Amazon Robotics — explained how the set-up works: Each of the tiny devices, which weigh less than a slice of bread and are equipped with powerful lights, deploys from a net that’s set up in front of the stage but hidden from audience view, and follows pre-set choreography made by Verity and Drake’s creative team. Verity’s proprietary tech allows the drones to also fly autonomously, rearranging themselves as Drake moves and avoiding collision with other people or objects, and the whole affair is set up and broken down at each venue by the touring team.

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DesignSwitzerland: Drone costume design by Verity

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Media & Awards - 2018-09-03

DesignSwitzerland: Drone costume design by Verity

For the upcoming London Design Festival in September 2018 and within the frame of the Design Switzerland presentation at London designjunction , Verity Studios’ drone costume designers and choreographers worked together to create something never seen before.

Verity Studios is the world-leading provider of indoor drone show systems. A spin-off from ETH Zurich, the company delivers ground-breaking drone show systems that are purpose-built for the live entertainment and events industry and tour with Drake, Metallica and even Circus Knie. For visitors to the London Design Festival, the drone costume design and choreography teams collaborated closely together to create something completely new.

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CNET: Drake's tech-filled concerts use drones as backup dancers

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Media & Awards - 2018-08-03

CNET: Drake's tech-filled concerts use drones as backup dancers

Drake's tech-filled concerts use drones as backup dancers

At Drake's concert at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the air was filled with more than just the roar of 18,000 fans.

There were also 88 micro drones flying around the rapper during two songs in his two-hour show, synced up with his tracks Elevate and Look Alive. They hovered around with bright lights, changing colors from red to blue to white, like a swarm of large fireflies twinkling above the rapper.

While it may not have been the most eye-catching display -- at one point the stage transformed into a giant iPhone X scrolling through Instagram, and then there was the floating Ferrari above the crowd -- it was likely the most technologically innovative stunt in a show filled with spectacles. That's because unlike other drone shows, this mini-Air Force was programmed to take flight autonomously.

The elaborate choreography was coordinated between Drake's production team and Verity Studios, a Swiss company that boasts investments from Sony and Kitty Hawk, the flying car startup from Google's founder Larry Page.

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Design Switzerland: Léa Pereyre from Verity Studios talks at Istituto Marangoni London

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Media & Awards - 2018-09-14

Design Switzerland: Léa Pereyre from Verity Studios talks at Istituto Marangoni London

Léa Pereyre from Verity Studios talks at Istituto Marangoni London

How will job roles change in the future thanks to advancements in technology? Léa Pereyre, designer at Verity Studios, talks within the frame of the IM DESIGN Talks, within the frame of the London Design Festival.

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The Verge: Drake lights up his live performances with a drone show

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Media & Awards - 2018-09-05

The Verge: Drake lights up his live performances with a drone show

Drake lights up his live performances with a drone show

On a sticky late-August night in New York, Drake has chosen to share the stage with a non-human entity. As he bounces around the stage during “Elevate,” a cloud of drones illuminates the dark space above him.

Drake is an artist shaped by the internet, one whose latest meme-frenzy of a song, “In My Feelings,” defined the entire summer through dance challenges and memes. It’s not surprising that the artist would incorporate buzzy, high-tech entertainment into his tours. It is shocking that he’s still one of the few stage performers to do so, given the popularity of the aerial devices.

Drone company Verity Studios has been steadily building its live performance profile. Its drones have flown in performances by Cirque du Soleil and Metallica. But the Canadian rapper represents a new high point, says Verity founder Raffaello D’Andrea. “Drake is about as good as we can get.”

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Team Verity Spotlight: Luca Gherardi

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2018-08-29

Team Verity Spotlight: Luca Gherardi

Head of Software Engineering Luca Gherardi

Luca Gherardi became employee #1 after joining Verity in 2014 as a software engineer. Originally from Italy, Luca moved to Switzerland in 2013 to do his post-doctoral research at ETH after meeting Raffaello D’Andrea. At ETH, he worked in the Flying Machine Arena under D’Andrea, who then asked Luca to join Verity shortly after it was founded.

As the head of software engineering, Luca is involved in all aspects of software design and development. His work centers more specifically on the software behind Verity’s proprietary localization system, which is what enables our drones to fly autonomously indoors.

What excites him about his role at Verity is the diversity and complexity of the challenges he is faced with. The responsibilities in the software team range from the embedded design of drivers for sensors and micro-controller peripherals, to the development of the application user interfaces for the client-facing software we run our shows from.

“We work on problems that haven’t been addressed before. Most of the time, you can’t just research something and use existing solutions. For us, it’s more about designing new algorithms or taking inspiration from best practice techniques from other domains and tailoring them to solve our unique challenges.”

The elimination of a single point of failure is a key requirement for any engineering done at Verity. With system consisting of hundreds of different components that cooperate to achieve a common goal, the engineering team works to ensure each component is important but not critical.  Though requiring a lot of resources, it also makes the system very robust and reliable.

“Designing a system like this requires consideration of all the possible problems, safety and security concerns from the beginning. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s a big reward when you see that our system could operate on Broadway for a year for 400 shows without any problems.”

Luca was also involved in the production of SPARKED, a video collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios.

So, what is a software engineer with a post-doc from ETH doing at a live events company? Unlike many other opportunities in the engineering field, the work done at Verity is unique, challenging… and used by bands like Metallica.

“We create an innovative product that is unique in the world of live events. Our indoor drones are seen by millions, and people love it. It’s really rewarding to be at a show and see the reactions of the audience. In a high-end show, people expect to see lights, smoke effects and maybe fireworks, but no one expects to see drones."

The accomplished and international team at Verity is also a big drawcard for Luca.

“We have a very diverse and multicultural team. Everyone is super smart, and you can learn a lot every day. People are really motivated, and the success of the team comes before the success of an individual. Everyone is ready to help when needed.”

Luca Gherardi is just one of the many talented people at Verity Studios. Look out for more Verity Team Spotlights to get to know our team, or if you're interested in joining us, check out our careers page.

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Robotics Business Review: Verity Studios aims to fly higher with autonomous drone entertainment

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Media & Awards - 2018-07-31

Robotics Business Review: Verity Studios aims to fly higher with autonomous drone entertainment

New funding allows “flying machines” to perform at more live events, Verity Studios founder Raffaello D’Andrea tells Robotics Business Review

Verity Studios might be the only robotics company that can say it has toured with Metallica and performed with Cirque du Soleil. Since 2014, the company has produced autonomous indoor drone shows for those groups and others, including Madison Square Garden, and Princess Cruises.

In June, the company raised $18 million in Series A funding, led by Fontinalis Partners, with participation from Airbus Ventures, Sony Innovation Fund, and Kitty Hawk. The company said it would use the funding to expand its live events business, focusing on U.S. growth, as well as expanding into other commercial verticals.

The company’s founder, Raffaello D’Andrea, was one of the co-founders of Kiva Systems, a pioneer in the mobile robotics arena that was acquired by Amazon in 2012. Robotics Business Review spoke with D’Andrea about the funding, his vision for the company and his thoughts on the public perception of drones.

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Verity Studios® Drones Dance With Drake in Songs Elevate and Look Alive

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Verity Studios® Drones Dance With Drake in Songs Elevate and Look Alive

The back-up dancers of the future: a swarm of Lucie® micro drones are on the road with Drake around North America.

ZURICH– August 15, 2018 – Verity Studios AG, the global leader in indoor drone technology, announced today that swarms of Lucie micro drones are performing with Drake in his 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour.  Grammy award-winning Canadian artist Drake is one of the best-selling rappers of the 21st century. Performing to audiences of more than 50,000 people, his previous North American tour broke the record for the highest grossing hip-hop tour of all time. This tour is a first for the Lucie micro drones, debuting with a rap artist on the back of touring with rock band Metallica and Circus Knie. Elevate, a song on Drake’s new album Scorpion, opens with the micro drones swarming onto the stage to surround Drake in a cloud of lights to the roar of the audience. In another guest appearance, the Lucie micro drones create a glittering wave in the song Look Alive before forming a red 3D cross that rotates around Drake.

"All you see is magic"

Raffaello D’Andrea, founder of Verity and co-founder of Amazon Robotics, said unlike many other show drones, Verity’s drones are operated solely by the Drake tour staff and perform their choreographies autonomously.  “People often describe technologies they’ve never seen before as ‘magic’. This is also how people talk about our drones when they see them live for the first time. By bringing robotics and AI to live events, we are creating magic. It’s spectacular to see a swarm of drones performing a perfectly synchronized aerial ballet without a single drone pilot in sight. Of course, what’s powering this performance is advanced technology, but when you sit in the audience, all you see is magic.”

"What the teams created together is visually stunning"

As part of its creative services, Verity employs drone choreographers and drone costume designers to bring its clients’ visions to life. The creative concept for the drone choreography came from conversations with the Drake creative team.  “When the Drake team approached us, they said they wanted something that had never been seen before. Our drone choreographers worked in partnership with Drake’s creative team to come up with various concepts for the show, like geometric shapes and drone tornadoes, before deciding on the final choreographies. What the teams created together is visually stunning. We relish pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with our technology when pursuing our clients’ creative vision,” said D’Andrea.

Since it was founded in 2014, Verity has been bringing cutting edge robotics and AI technology to live events. With over 30,000 flights under their belts, Verity’s autonomous drones have performed in more than 20 countries and in a variety of venues, including on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour and at the New York Knicks pre-game shows at Madison Square Garden.  To learn more about Verity and see videos of previous shows, visit www.veritystudios.com. To attend the press event “Drake: behind the drones” in New York on the 28th of August 2018, contact media@veritystudios.com. To purchase tickets or get more information about the 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour, visit www.drakeofficial.com.

About Verity Studios

Verity Studios is the global leader in indoor drone systems. Verity delivers indoor drone shows to the live event industry, working with clients that include Metallica, Madison Square Garden, and Cirque du Soleil. Its clients have completed more than 30,000 autonomous flights safely above people, across 20 countries worldwide. The Zurich-based private company was spun off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2014. Its founder Raffaello D'Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the creation of flying machines and autonomous robots. He also was a co-founder of Boston-based Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and is now operating as Amazon Robotics.

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Verity Studios drones shine in Starlight Express

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News - 2018-06-19

Verity Studios drones shine in Starlight Express

Lucie® micro drones take center stage in the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber musical in Bochum, Germany. 

Verity Studios AG, the global leader in indoor drone technology, and Mehr! Entertainment, Germany’s largest theater group, announced last week that 28 Lucie micro drones are performing in STARLIGHT EXPRESS as part of the musical’s 30th year on stage.

The rock musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS tells the story of a child’s toy trains magically coming to life and racing against each other to be crowned the fastest engine in the world. Underdog Rusty ultimately wins the race and the heart of first-class coach Pearl when he is inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express.

Verity’s Lucie micro drones create a magical moment  as they circle and interact with Rusty in the emotional pinnacle of the show: the Starlight Sequence.

Managing Director Burkhard Koch said the micro drones played a key part in the reimagination of the musical for its 30th year on stage. “STARLIGHT EXPRESS is the longest running musical in the world. It even has the Guinness World Record for the most visitors to a musical in a single theater. To keep surprising people, we needed to create a spectacle, a “wow” moment. Verity’s sparkling drones bring some unexpected magic to the show.” 

The 28 Lucie micro drones perform their choreographies autonomously and are operated entirely by STARLIGHT EXPRESS staff. “It’s fantastic that such a sophisticated system is so easy for us to use,” said Koch. “We’ve used the system for 13 public performances now, and we haven’t had a single hiccup.” 

Verity’s drones have played starring roles in other musicals, notably as dancing lampshades on Broadway in Paramour by Cirque du Soleil. But this is the first time 28 Lucie micro drones have completely circled an actor on stage. “Immersive experiences are becoming increasingly popular as a form of artistic expression. But when we’re flying our drones so close to performers or audience members, safety is of utmost importance,” said Verity founder Raffaello D’Andrea. “This is why we have designed our indoor drone system with safety and reliability in mind. To date, our drones have completed over 30,000 autonomous flights, safely above people, in more than 20 countries. It’s a testament to the safety and reliability of our technology.” 

The new  STARLIGHT EXPRESS opened to a crowd of over 1600 on the 12th of June after six successful previews. The 2018 season will continue with 7 shows per week from Wednesday till Sunday. 

To purchase tickets or get more information about Starlight Express in Bochum, visit www.starlight-express.de

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Underwater UV Costumes 

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Lab - 2018-06-15

Underwater UV Costumes 

Drone costume designer, Léa Pereyre has recently been exploring the effect of UV costumes on our Lucie® micro drones. The costumes, though still in development, can produce the effect of underwater creatures.   

Drone costume designer Léa Pereyre was prompted to start exploring UV costumes when investigating a potential collaboration with a night club. “I tried to understand the elements typically found in a night club venue that I could use to enhance our drones’ performance. It ended up being nearly obvious that using UV light with UV reactive material is perfect for creating flying sculptures”.

The effect of UV paint and reactive materials is impactful, even from a distance. It opens the possibility of turning our very light and safe Lucie micro drones into floating characters, props and scenery.

Léa can see how this effect can offer many new opportunities. “First, UV light helps you to focus on a specific element. You can make select elements appear or disappear which helps create more magic around the costumes.”

Even without a costume, painting the Lucie guard in UV paint also creates a stunning effect. “You could also imagine a double use of our Lucie micro drones,” said Léa. “If the guard is covered by UV paint, the drones could perform their light show and then suddenly transform into flying sculptures thanks to a switch of ambient light.”

If you’re interested in exploring UV costumes for your event, get in contact. We’d be happy to talk you through the possibilities. We’ll also be demonstrating our UV costumes at the London Design Festival in September this year. Keep in touch to learn more about where you can see our costumes in action by signing up to our newsletter. 

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Team Verity Spotlight: Raffaello D'Andrea

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Team Verity Spotlight - 2018-07-12

Team Verity Spotlight: Raffaello D'Andrea

Verity Studios Founder Raffaello D'Andrea

Founder Raffaello D’Andrea is a robotics and AI expert, an entrepreneur, an artist and a professor at the ETH Zurich. Prior to Verity, he co-founded industrial robotics company Kiva Systems, which was sold to Amazon for $775 million US dollars in 2012 and later re-branded as Amazon Robotics. He is also a new media artist whose works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and are part of the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and France’s FRAC Centre. In bringing the robotics and AI revolution to live events, Verity combines his passions for technology, entrepreneurship and the arts.

D'Andrea founded Verity in 2014 with co-founders Markus Waibel and Markus Hehn as a spin-off of ETH Zurich. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and creation of flying machines. Even before founding the company, he and other members of our team were exploring the combination of technology and the arts at the Flying Machine Arena, where they created flying robots that performed aerial ballet and acrobatics, juggled balls and balanced poles. In front of a live audience, the team also created the world’s first structure created by autonomous flying machines. 

D'Andrea also presented one of the most-watched TED tech talks of all time in 2013. As of the time of writing it had achieved over 10 million views. Watch it below.

Raffaello D'Andrea is just one of the many talented people at Verity Studios. Look out for more Verity Team Spotlights to get to know our team, or if you're interested in joining us check out our careers page.

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IQ Magazine: Metallica drone supplier Verity Studios raises $18m

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Media & Awards - 2018-06-14

IQ Magazine: Metallica drone supplier Verity Studios raises $18m

Verity, whose drone swarm was seen circling James Hetfield on the WorldWired tour, is to expand its live activities after winning the backing of several major investors

Drone technology company Verity Studios, which has worked with Metallica, Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, has raised US$18 million in a series-A funding round – an investment the Zurich-based start-up says makes it “the most well-funded company in the rapidly emerging commercial indoor drone market”.

The funding round was led by venture-capital firm Fontinalis Partners, with Airbus Ventures, Kitty Hawk and Sony Innovation Fund also participating. Verity’s founder, robotics/AI expert Raffaello D’Andrea (Kiva Systems/Amazon Robotics), says the company will use the investment to expand its live events business, especially in the US, and expand into other vertical markets.

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Pollstar: Verity Studios Raises $18M; Has Flown Drones At Metallica, MSG

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Media & Awards - 2018-06-13

Pollstar: Verity Studios Raises $18M; Has Flown Drones At Metallica, MSG

Verity Studios AG announced June 5 that it had raised $18 million in Series A funding to expand its live events business in the U.S. and in other areas.

Investors in the Zurich-based company included the venture capital firm Fontinalis Partners, as well as Airbus Ventures, Sony Innovation Fund, and Kitty Hawk. One of the terms of the financing is that Chris Cheever, co-founder and partner at Fontinalis, will join Verity’s board of directors.


“Verity has assembled an exceptional team, with credibility, valuable IP, and extensive technical know-how, all while building a fast-growing business in the live events market,” Cheever said in a statement. “Our firm was founded to invest in and help scale the world’s best mobility technologies, and what Verity has developed has broad applicability beyond entertainment, in the drone industry and in many commercial contexts.”

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AV Technology: Drone light shows taking entertainment to new heights

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Media & Awards - 2018-05-31

AV Technology: Drone light shows taking entertainment to new heights

Want to add some extra wow-factor to a live event? Drone shows are transforming the landscape and leaving audiences blown away. Leading provider Verity Studios discusses its soaring appeal.

If you’re looking to create something truly deserving of the words ‘wow’ and ‘factor’ for your next live event, you might want to consider the possibilities provided by drones.

The market for drones (outside of a military setting) for personal and commercial use has exploded in recent years with sales forecasts predicting sales of nearly 30 million units by 2021.

One of the fastest growth areas is in the commercial space (170,000 sales in 2017, up from 110,000 in 2016*) and the use of drones for LED ‘drone shows’ has become big business and widely adopted in the entertainment industry.

Recent high profile examples include the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, at which Intel performed a choreographed light display using 1,218 drones to create various animations, including the Olympic rings.

Drones were also used to promote the release of Wonder Woman on DVD, lighting up the LA sky with various related imagery associates with the film. But it’s not just large open outdoor spaces where drone shows are taking place, with musicians, theatre productions and even airports using drones to wow visitors with a barely believable performance more akin to special FX in a science fiction movie than reality.

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Live Design: Verity Studios adds 99 micro drones to “Moth Into Flame”

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Media & Awards - 2018-01-09

Live Design: Verity Studios adds 99 micro drones to “Moth Into Flame”

Verity Studios adds 99 micro drones to “Moth Into Flame” on Metallica’s WorldWired Tour.

Working in close collaboration with TAIT, who custom built the in-the-round stage design for Metallica’s WorldWired Tour, Verity Studios provided the touring industry’s first autonomous indoor drone swarm, with 99 micro drones dancing like fireflies for the song, “Moth Into Flame.” The set and stage design, designed by the show’s director, Dan Braun, features an immersive concert experience with a 44' x 44' square main-stage equipped with several prop lifts located in the center of the arena.


James Hetfield, lead singer and co-founder of Metallica, has wanted to use drones in the show for several years, but as Braun points out, “I used to say they weren’t safe, so we sort of got away from the idea, but kept it on the back burner. Then I spoke with Adam Davis at TAIT, and he told us about their relationship with Verity and about the potential possibilities, and that’s how we got into using drones on this tour. As the show’s designer and director, I thought we should put them in ‘Moth Into Flame,’ as it’s been a very successful song for the band for a long time. And after the first night of the tour in Copenhagen, James said the drones were great, so we were happy, and we always want to keep the band happy.”

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Drone Shows: Creative Potential and Best Practices

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News - 2017-01-01

Drone Shows: Creative Potential and Best Practices

Abstract

Drone show systems are advanced show automation systems designed for live performances that enable the control of one to potentially thousands of autonomous multirotors or other small flying machines. These novel systems enable the use of drones to extend the traditional palette of light, sound, stage effects, and human performers by choreographing the simultaneous movements of a multitude of flying objects in 3D space. This gives this technology the potential to fundamentally transform the live events experience.

Emergent use cases for this technology include animation of flying characters, flying lighting displays, movement of stage props and scenographic elements, and the creation of flying robot actors and synthetic swarms. The key challenges for this new technology are safety and reliability. First solutions for the safe deployment of this technology exist, and avantgarde creators are embracing the possibilities offered by autonomous drones.

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The Lucie® micro drones and Kedge™ localization units are protected by one or more of the following patents:  
• U.S. Patent Number 9885773 
• U.S. Patent Number 9661472 
• U.S. Patent Number 9945929 

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Frequently asked questions

Do you provide drone shows for outdoor venues?

Our Lucie micro drones only weigh 50g (1.8oz), which makes them very safe when flying near people, but due to their light weight, they are unsuitable for outdoor use. Generally, we do not operate outdoors, except in areas very well protected from wind and weather. 

How long do the drones fly? What is the charging time? 

Each of our Lucie micro drones take approximately one hour to charge and can fly for up to 3 minutes. For a longer effect, you can stagger the micro drones’ take-off and landing.

How many drones can you fly together?

Our technology supports an unlimited number of autonomous drones to fly simultaneously. The optimum number of drones for your project is determined by the available space and the creative concept.   

Do you fly above audiences?

Because our Lucie micro drones only weigh 50g (1.8oz), they are very safe when flying near or above people.In most cases we fly above the stage area and performers on stage. In one-time events we have performed above the audience as well. 

How can I get your drones at my event?

Depending on your requirements we will typically need a 4 to 12-week lead-time. We'll develop a creative concept for the drone show choreography and will produce a first 3D animation for your review. We'll also start assembling the equipment you'll need. Once we have shipped the equipment, Verity will come on site for the installation, or we’ll train your staff to do the installation themselves.  If you’re doing a one-time event, our staff will then remain on-site to operate the drone show.  If you’re planning a permanent installation, we will train your staff to operate the drone show and do regular drone maintenance. 

How much maintenance does the system need? 

Our Lucie micro drones are equipped with sensors to monitor their status and will tell you when they require maintenance. We will train the local crew to perform maintenance on the drones. 

How much weight can your drones carry?

Our Lucie micro drones weigh 50g (1.8oz) and are not designed to carry loads. However, we have developed ultra-light weight costumes, which can be attached to the drones, if desired. 

How can I customize the drones for my project?

We can accommodate several types of customization. For example, we can offer client-specific, custom-made costumes. This will be a customized creative and technical project with lead times between 4 and 8 months. We also offer costume design services for the Lucie micro drones, and other technical customization services. These services will incur additional costs and longer lead times. For more information, please get in touch with our sales team.

What flight space can you cover?

We’ve covered indoor event spaces up to small sporting arena size. There is no upper size limit.

My venue has a no-drone policy, will this be a problem?

We’ve had approval to fly in many different venues, in more than 20 countries worldwide. Because our Lucie micro drones are so light and safe, we’ve also been approved to fly in venues with no-drone policies like Changi Airport in Singapore. We will support you in obtaining approval in your venue if required. 

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