Have you seen the tech at the Olympics?

From robots to realtime biometric data, let's have a look at the tech showcased at Tokyo 2020

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

drone in mid air during daytime

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.

360 cameras

gymnas jumping near the white board

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.

Biometric data

close-up photo of black fitness band powered on

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.

2D tracking

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.

Fast track

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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