We told you when the 2016 Summer Olympics began that the Games in Rio would be chock-full of cool technology—and that’s certainly proven to be the case as we near the closing ceremonies.
We found even more stories about how technology played a starring role at the Olympics this month, helping athletes around the world make their way to the medal stand and bring home gold, silver and bronze souvenirs.
Social media reaction to the Games’ technology flashed back to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s only true opponent, a motorized camera that almost took out the world record-holder and so-called Fastest Man in the World.
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) August 15, 2016
We also saw evidence of how robots are becoming more a part of sports, with underwater cameras being used to capture some of the action in Olympic pools.
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2016
One of the big stories leading into the Olympics this summer was the crime in and around Rio, but an Israeli firm has been closely monitoring and protecting the region during the gathering of the world’s best athletes and journalists and fans from all over the globe.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) August 10, 2016
Surveillance balloons and sensors used by athletes in their training for the Olympics are among the “invisible” technological innovations in and around Rio this summer.
Much of the technology that powers the Olympics is invisible, from surveillance balloons to sensors used in training https://t.co/fxOmZioEzc
— Lydia Belanger (@LydiaBelanger) August 9, 2016
And, while some athletes say they prefer to clear their minds as they compete, brain stimulation has proven to be an equally effective way of earning medals in Brazil.
— PEMF Therapy News (@PEMF_Therapy) August 8, 2016
What technology that you’ve seen featured or covered at the 2016 Summer Games has you most excited? And what do you think we’ll see when the Winter Games kick off in 2018? Or in the next Summer Olympics in 2020?