Want to impress your family and friends with knowledge about the latest fireworks technology being used this 4th of July? Well now you can. Just try not to be "that guy".
Each shell has a microchip that triggers combustion.
Pyrotechnicians use software to coordinate music, color, and shell type.
Pyrotechnicians can now skywrite strings of characters using a specialized mortar system to improve accuracy and velocity.
Pyrotechnicians use specialized cannons for firing specific shells. The better the fit, the more accurate the launch.
One, or multiple computers coordinate the firing of mortars with multiconductor cables.
For more, check out Wired Magazine