Tokyo 2020 — olympic games in the world of tech

Although modern Olympic Games derived from ancient Greek history, the first event took place in 1896 in Athens. Since then, every four years it has undergone a gradual revolution, becoming a demonstration of first sports-related hi-tech innovations in 1964 Tokyo Olympics. And yes, Japan did it again. Cementing the status of a technology world leader, it led the 2020 games drawing what’s best from branches such as robotics, consumer electronics, aeronautics and the internet of things. And the result? A true XXI century extravaganza. Just see for yourself!

The challenge’s got real

Intel(ligent) cooperation

3D Athlete Tracking

Intel® True View

5G for all

2020beat — cheering from a distance

Olympics without drones? No way!

VR training systems

NeoFace large-scale facial recognition

Esport is a sport, too

Timing in Olympic Games — Omega takes it all

A pinch of history

And now…

Now, the company’s systems are 100% precise, timing swimmers, athletes, gymnasts, equestrians, climbers — you name it. Its in-house AI was even trained to learn beach volleyball and track not only players but also the ball! It recognizes varied shot types: smashes, blocks, spikes, as well as the ball’s flight path, and combines this data with information provided by the gyroscope sensors mounted in players’ clothing. This way, the system knows their direction of movements, speed, height of jumps, etc. Omega states that the system is 99% accurate, and thus the commentary of the live broadcast can be more thorough as well.

Surfin’ USA

The USA surfing organization keeps track of the modern tech and applies artificial intelligence solutions to track surfers’ sleep patterns, heart rate variability, frequency of injuries, or cardiovascular output. To collect the data, they use motion-capture cameras and sensors installed on a plate stand-in for a surfboard. This way, the training is more efficient and athletes have a better chance of avoiding possible injuries.

Technology helped in choosing the best surfing site for the olympics, too. Using in-depth data from satellites, bathymetric and buoy measurements, wind patterns, and ice cover sensors, the machine learning systems picked Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, and they hit the jackpot.

Toyota robots — cute, skilled, and helpful

  1. The official mascot was no longer a man dressed in a huge, funny outfit. This time, the part was overtaken by two robots meeting and greeting the crowds and posing for cute selfies. Large, anime-eyed blue Miraitowa and pink Someity bots worked as remote-controlled robotic entertainers. Maybe they’re not the most advanced bots on earth, but their cameras recognize facial expressions which gives them an ability to respond with a head nod, blinking eyes and handshakes.
  2. Life-sized, humanoid robot, T-HR3, is happy to high-five the athletes and even hold a conversation. It’s controlled by a human operator equipped with VR goggles and an exoskeleton that a robot mirrors.
  3. For those unable to attend the Olympics in person, Toyota Research Institute created the T-TR1 telepresence robot, giving fans an opportunity to virtually interact with athletes. A large, vertical screen displayed a live image of a remote participant and the mounted camera gave an impression of being in the stadium. Some of the spectators were lucky enough to use the wheeled communicator which allowed them to move around the venue while a robot displayed a life-size representation of their body.
  4. The 2020 Olympics also had their own mechanical waiter and accessibility enabler called a Delivery Support Robot. This automated helper commanded by an app was eager to bring food and drinks to audiences placed in wheelchair-accessible seats.
  5. There was also a Human Support Robot guiding guests that needed mobility assistance to their seats and providing them with timely event information.
  6. A robot working as a Field Event Support followed operations staff and navigated to fetch javelins, hammers or discus thrown by athletes. This way, the organizers were able to reduce the time of retrieving the items as well as the number of staff involved.
  7. Toyota e-Palette autonomous vehicle’s job was transporting competitors and support staff to and from the main arenas and accommodations. It was equipped with soothing lights and color schemes to de-stress the athletes. What’s more, to provide the maximum of security, the cabin was ventilated after opening the wide doors and the frequent-touch points were covered with antiviral coatings and films.

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The games came to an end

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