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How technology will transform the Olympics at PyeongChang

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If the Super Bowl is one of the biggest showcases of innovation in the U.S., the Olympic Games have become a platform for which companies can display their latest technologies in connectivity and digital media on a global stage.

A number of “firsts” are expected to take place at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which kicked off this week, including a wide-scale virtual reality broadcast from Intel, high-tech uniforms and enhanced security features from an army of drones and X-ray vehicles.

SportTechie rounded up the top technologies underpinning the Games heading into the 16-day event:

Virtual Reality

In what will be the largest-scale virtual reality event to date and the first live virtual reality broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games, Intel will rotate roughly two dozen 180-degree cameras that it built in-house across 18 live events over the two-and-a-half week event. It’ll shoot 30 events in total — another 12 with 360-degree cameras — to create a mix of VR live streams and video-on-demand content.



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