Brain Stimulation, Underwater Cameras and Surveillance Balloons Highlight Olympics Tech

While most of the focus is on the athletes in Rio, many behind-the-scenes innovations have improved the experience for attendees and safety for all involved.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?