Futuristic Technology At The Olympics: AI, IoT, And Robots

The Olympics are all emotions – world-class dramatic competition, enchanting medal ceremonies and the celebration of the human spirit in action.

The 2022 Winter Games kicked off on February 4 in Beijing, China. Although the Games feel a little different due to the limitations of COVID, nearly 3,000 athletes from 91 countries participate in 109 competitions such as downhill skiing, figure skating, hockey, sledding, bobsleigh, snowboarding and speed skating .

And behind the scenes there are huge technological advances that help athletes get better, faster and stronger.

Let’s see how artificial intelligence, IoT and smart devices are used at the Olympics.

Improving the performance of athletes through AI

Teams looking for competitive advantage use AI technology to train players, performance, health and safety. This includes things like:

● Cameras and sensors in equipment, such as bicycle pedals or shoes, that can continuously transmit data to coaches so they can make adjustments.

● Smart wearables that measure lung capacity, heart rate and movement, so sports doctors, physiotherapists and team doctors can reduce injuries and help players heal faster.

● Monitoring equipment that helps the coaching staff anticipate the next move of an opposing team or individual competitor.

● AI programs that can analyze performance data to create personalized solutions for training, recreation and nutrition.

● AI-supported physical tests to detect early signs of fatigue or stress-related injuries.

Attract fans with real-time data

Artificial intelligence tools, such as computer vision cameras, give the Olympic audience the ultimate viewing experience.

3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) based on artificial intelligence uses cameras with computer vision and artificial intelligence to give fans real-time data during races and events. AI provides a biomechanical analysis of an athlete’s speed, distance traveled, and time remaining to be displayed on the screen and used in overlays during repetitions.

The Games in Los Angeles in 2028 are developing the upcoming innovations focused on the viewer in the field of scoring, positioning and timing systems.

Improving curling in Beijing with a robot trainer

Inventors and scientists from the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China have created a robotic curling coach that uses a combination of image recognition, AI and automatic control systems to help teams improve their performance.

The robot simulates the process of throwing in curling, which can help athletes predict potential game situations before they occur. The HIT team will present to the world a robot curling coach at the Beijing Olympics.

Get a little preview of how the robot works in this short video:

The kitchens in the Olympic Village were occupied by robot chefs and bartenders

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 at this year’s games, organizers decided to bring in robot chefs to prepare and deliver food on site for athletes and their support groups.

Achievements include things like:

● Chef bot with AI support that prepares burgers and other hot dishes

● Coffee robot that grinds beans and cook java

● A robot arm mounted on the ceiling that delivers food to people sitting in socially remote booths

● Super efficient robot bartenders who mix your favorite cocktails

Take a look at the kitchen and bar boots in action in this video:

AI, robots and the Internet of Things play a key role at this year’s Winter Olympics, so find some of these advanced technologies as entertainment for your favorite athletes this year and beyond.

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