Posted on : 07 Aug, 2021, 03:08:29 PM

How Technology Improved Athletic Performance In The Tokyo Olympics 2021?

How Technology Improved Athletic Performance In The Tokyo Olympics 2021?

The Tokyo Olympics event is formally planned and scheduled to be held in July and August of 2020, but due to unprecedented delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics games are scheduled in Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 08 of August. However, the Olympics is rescheduled for 2021, but it will be branded and marketed officially as the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

In this event, the adoption of modern and advanced technologies played a significant role in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and in making the whole Olympic games experience more immersive, interactive, and innovative for everyone. As we all are aware by now, innovation and dominance of technology in Japan is ruling globally, which has already seen numerous advanced and fascinating technologies at the international stage.

So, let's discover together what are some of the avant-garde technologies used for the Tokyo Olympics 2021 or 2020 by Japan.

Drone Light Show by Intel

The opening celebration of the 2020 summer Olympics happened by lighting up the night sky with the help of Intel drones as Japan earlier did in the winter Olympics of 2018, but this time, the drones displayed a special meaning with a message of "strong together" theme and for the hope of the upcoming years or future.

The 1,824 fleets of Intel small premium drones that were used not once but twice in the Tokyo Olympics are designed for entertainment purposes. The weight of a single drone is less than 3/4th of a pound which is equipped with four colored and bright LEDs, with the advanced kinematic real-time GPS that focuses on enabling the excellent level of positional accuracy required for building the complex 3D animation display.

Service Robot by Toyota

The robot project mission of Tokyo 2020 was to bring out to highlight the robotics usefulness at the Olympic games by deploying the robot’s support for activities like welcoming the spectators and athletes to the venues, facilitating camera technologies to 360 degrees for achieving an immense experience that can’t pull off by utilizing alone human operators, and carrying out responsibilities on the field.

Due to the pandemic situation, robotics’ usefulness has been extended to help in reducing the meeting and contact at the events between people. Robots are developed and built by Toyota are transferring out this role. For example, the self-driving AI-powered field focuses on supporting the equipped robots with cameras and sensors for determining the optimal track for providing proper guidance to the members of the staff and retrieving a thrown javelin for helping them by increasing efficiency and avoiding obstacles. The firm has also provided a broad range of human robots and delivery robot support for assisting spectators.

3D athlete tracking technology by Intel

Intel is a long-term partnered with the Olympics, which always focuses on delivering and delivered the best and cutting-edge inventions to the Tokyo summer Olympics 2020. The most fascinating and practical of these new technologies is the 3DAT or 3D Athlete Tracking system, which gives viewers the next-generation graphics for presenting overlay visualization during field events and select tracks.

3DAT leverages computer vision, artificial intelligence, and Intel's Xeon processors speed for rapid analyzing and extracting accomplishment data such as speed of running in the race at different points. The major 3DAT benefits are that it utilizes standard data of the video, thus abolishing the requirement for special sensors and suits.

Other artificial intelligence tracking performance technologies are being adopted for enhancing the experience of a viewer during the event, which is the most valuable tool for both training and broadcasting that helps in preventing injuries and improving the performance of an athlete.

TrackMan object movement tracking

Collecting sports data plays a significant role in athlete training aspects across all around the world. For Olympic sports shot put and golf, Trackman movement tracking technology is utilized to obtain information wealth, such as ball spin, speed, path curve, launch angle, and apex, allowing athletes to improve and strengthen their sport.

Pioneering Broadcasting Technology by OBS

 Viewers are unable to experience in live Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020 event in person, but they will be attended to the extensive data-rich and advanced broadcast to date of the games. OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Services) released the Tokyo summer Olympics 2020 not just in elevated definition but mainly in ultra-high dynamic range definition. The new technology of OBS focuses on bringing enhanced audio and captured by three thousand six hundred microphones.

Other OBS broadcasting creations devastated the 3D virtual graphics for climbing sports, first at the Tokyo event. To help introduce the modern Olympic game, Olympic Broadcasting Services developed a 3D virtual model for wall climbing that facilitates explicit angles and shapes analysis, which is navigating climbers. Other benefits are advanced capabilities of zooming for close angles and shooting wide angles for conveying the challenges of climbing walls.

Omega tracking and timing

Swiss Omega watchmaker is a firm that also provided tracking data for athletes. The Olympic games' official timekeeper, Omega, utilizes the technology equipped with a camera, artificial intelligence for analyzing and collecting all types of data performance, and small sensors connected to the clothing of the competitors during the live events, which can be utilized for both training and judging the competitors.

Tokyo sports included sports like gymnastics, beach volleyball, bicycle road racing, gymnastics, and swimming; the organization introduced leveled artificial intelligence trained systems that consist of expensive cameras which run at two hundred and fifty frames per second that are fitted out with motion and positioning sensors for providing detailed tracking info. The system can perform tasks within 1/10th of a second for measuring, processing, and transmitting the data for enduring whether it matches up with what spectators are watching.


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