Olympics

  • In what may be a preview of the future of athletics, Hubo, a humanoid robot, carried the Olympic torch in Daejeon, South Korea as part of the relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The robot had to perform a disaster rescue operation to hand off the torch to the next runner.
  • ​Toyota is investing 40 million yen (US$354,000) in SkyDrive, a drone-like compact flying car designed by a group of Toyota employees in their spare time. The goal is to have the vehicle ready to go in time to light the torch at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo games.
  • ​The gold, silver and bronze medals handed out at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games may also feature a hint of green, with the organizing committee launching an initiative to craft the awards with metals harvested from unused electronic devices.​
  • Look how far we've come in the last 40 years, and imagine where we'll be in 2056. What will the Olympic Games look like in an age of genetic editing, advanced bionics, augmented reality and artificial intelligence?
  • The BBC has announced that UK viewers will be able to experience the 2016 Olympics, which are set to be officially opened in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow, in immersive 360-degree video. The coverage will include both live footage and highlights, viewable through browsers and using mobile VR headsets.
  • The Rio Olympics open this weekend, and Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, will for the first time broadcast some events in 8K. While the technology to view “Super High Vision” content at home isn’t commercially available just yet, public viewing events will be held around Japan and Brazil.
  • Last year it was announced that the ArcelorMittal Orbit that was created for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and sits on the Olympic Park site was to have a slide added to it, giving visitors a quick way down from its observation deck. Construction is now almost complete and it will open in June.
  • BMW of North America has announced that it is now focusing attention on the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games. It's reaching into its deep well of mechanical know-how to develop a racing wheelchair for the US track and field team.
  • In an inspired piece of Olympics legacy development, a sculpture that was created for the 2012 Games in London is to become "the world's tallest and longest slide." Visitors will be able to descend from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
  • For the first time in its 168 year history, the Smithsonian Institution may leaving the United States. Plans have been unveiled for a new culture and arts center to be built at London’s Olympic Park site in the UK.
  • After three years of development, Dainese has shown a near-competition-ready prototype of the Dainese D-Air Ski. Using an array of sensors, the protective ski garment detects a crash and rapidly inflates around the skier's upper body to protect from injury on the way down.
  • At a cost of around US$ 50 billion, the 2014 Winter Olympics are said to be the most expensive Games to date. But rather than go for trophy buildings by global "starchitects" the Russians have built stadia primed for legacy use, with some designed to be taken down and moved elsewhere.