It's 2021, so there are bound to be new technology on show at the Olympics, but how much did you see?
As we know, Japan has become one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to new tech and innovations. While many might know Japan for their rather over the top multi-function toilets, they have also developed tech such as the famous bullet train and android robots, not to mention the original calculator.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that during the 2020 Olympics, we have seen more tech than previous games.
Opening ceremony drones
We saw 1,800 drones take part in the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony forming different shapes such as the iconic Olympic rings and a 3D map of the world.
Seen within the gymnastic events, cameras have now been able to show the replay of specific movements from all angles, giving views a deeper insight in the intricacies of how each movement is played out, such as over the vault.
Most competitors look calm and collected, what is it all a façade? In the archery, we were able to see the athlete’s heart rate change live, as they drew each arrow.
In events that see hordes of individuals competing such as the road and mountain biking events, viewers will be shown 2D visuals of which competitors are in the lead in real time.
What would be a Japanese Olympics without robots? Many robots have been seen roaming around the Olympic Village, offering assistance to the athletes.
These have also been seen at the athletic stadium for the sole purpose of retrieving throwing implements.
Not true tech, but there has so conversation of the technology within the Tokyo track which has seen numerous World Record and National Records. Since it is a new track, with little use, that combined with it resting in the blistering Japanese summer sun, it has become extra firm, making it ideal for fast times.
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