Technology the big winner at Winter Olympics

Employees of the National Stadium in Beijing are attracted by a robot based on artificial intelligence, which cleans and disinfects Olympic venues. Photo courtesy of CHINA DAILY

Digitality has been demonstrated as new standards set for the future

The Ice River in Beijing became the site of a special Olympic torch relay when an amphibious robot in the shape of a curling held a metallic red-and-silver torch.

The robot slid on the ice before diving into the unfrozen zone of the waterway, and the flames burned well underwater when it was passed to another robot.

The second torch was quickly lit, completing the first in the history of robotic underwater relay Olympic flame. The whole process took about eight minutes, and a second robot successfully came out of the water to pass the torch to a human. Later, the first robot and torch were found from the river.

The futuristic fire ceremony, held earlier this month, is just one example of the use of cutting-edge technology at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The Chinese capital, the world’s first city to host summer and winter editions of the Games, has developed innovative high-tech standards for Beijing 2022, fulfilling China’s promise to host a “simple, safe and magnificent” event. .

The city has gone to great lengths to make the Winter Olympics a smart sporting experience.

These efforts include an exciting demonstration of artistry mixed with technology at the opening ceremony, robot chefs preparing food for athletes, booths offering journalists high-tech sleep, and cars and smart navigation supported by augmented reality and artificial intelligence. intelligence. .

The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said on February 6 that the Beijing Winter Olympics have gone down in history, reaching an unprecedented level of digitalization and setting new technological standards for the future.

He made comments during a virtual interaction with journalists at a news center in Beijing using holographic communication technologies developed by Chinese technology company Alibaba.

According to the IOC website, the virtual interaction, supported by a number of sophisticated technologies, has been projected onto a remote high-definition screen, creating a true hologram effect. All the details have been reconstructed in high definition, including the detailed facial expressions and the texture of the clothes.

Bach said Chinese companies are playing a crucial role in transforming the Olympics and bringing them into the digital age.

The Games showcase a wide range of technology applications as Chinese companies, including heavyweights and startups, are constantly experimenting with new ideas and technologies.

For example, space giant China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. was responsible for developing special torches used in the Olympic Underwater Relay.

The company said that compared to underwater torches abroad, which use solid fuel and whose flames pollute the environment, for Beijing 2022 uses gaseous fuel that is smokeless and does not cause pollution. To achieve this, many constructive obstacles have been overcome.

Tian Tian, ​​a researcher at the Shenyang Automation Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Liaoning, who oversaw the project, said the robot relay is also supported by the latest high-precision underwater hovering and positioning technology.

“Ensuring a precise connection between the two robots in ice water and lighting the flame of the second torch under water were the biggest difficulties for transmission – compared to the difficulties for docking spacecraft,” said Tian.

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