Rio Olympics showcases the latest advancements in Tech
The olympics represents the best sporting talent from around the world, it is also the platform to showcase the latest advancements in technology. Technology and sports have long been interconnected and the development of wearable technology has propelled technology in the sports arena even further into the mainstream. And the 2016 Olympics will be no exception, showcasing the newest advancements in tech which are aiding olympians to victory.
This year cyclists are using digitally enhanced track bikes in conjunction with Solos smart glasses. The Solos smart glasses are revolutionary, catering for the cyclists every unique need. The technology which was previously used by the US military, has meticulously been modified for athletes. The glass features a display smaller than the human pupil allowing cyclists to see key metrics like speed, power, distance and even heart rate without impairing their vision. So small that even just a slight adjustment of the head will make the display disappear.
Swimmers will seem the implementation of digital lap counters placed below them in the pool so they are able to track their own lap time. Some athletes will also be wearing new LZR Racer X Speedo swim suits, which have been especially designed to reduce drag in the water, whilst increasing muscle efficiency. The US women’s volleyball team has also introduced wearable tech, VERT, which is a jump monitor, fitted around the waist which calculates jump height and count and is able to send real time data to trainers, to perfect technique and reduce injury. And for Paralympian’s BAE has been working with British wheelchair athletes to achieve a 20% increase in acceleration through different racing positions.
Furthermore, US rowers will be wearing newly developed suits knitted with an anti-microbial material and a chemical based finish to fend off any possible antibodies found in the water. And it’s not just wearable technology, security technology has been scaled up to include facial recognition goggles and the use of surveillance drones. Rio will also see the use of ‘wide area motion imagery’ units which will be attached to weather balloons, allowing surveillance teams to scour from the air in real time, whilst being about to rewind back up to eight hours worth of footage.
And even if not in Rio you need not miss out, as for the first time the Olympic Broadcasting Services are providing one virtual reality experience per day to fully immerse yourself in all things Rio, accessible through the NBC Sports app for Gear-VR- compatible Samsung phones. And if you are based in the US with access to a 4K TV, this will be the first time olympic coverage will be broadcast in ultra high definition.