From wearables to robots, 5G and more, the Internet of Things is behind and in every event of the 2022 Winter Olympics
When the 2022 Winter Olympics open on February 4 in Beijing, the Internet of Things will play a key role. From wearable athletes doing sports, to TV reruns that mimic ‘The Matrix’, or using AI to score figure skating routines, the IoT will be everywhere at this year’s Games. .
Here’s a look at some of the IoT technologies on display at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics.
AI in figure skating
AI is revolutionizing the way figure skaters plan their routines with data from deep learning and computer vision models. At the Olympics, AI data analysis of athletes’ training videos is translated into three-dimensional models of the human body and used to identify technical parameters that impact performance, including jump time, speed rotation and the momentum behind every move.
5G smart car for ice inspections
A new smart car powered by 5G connectivity is deployed to inspect ice at sports venues at the Games. Using low-latency 5G transmissions based on China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system, the vehicle can run data models that can identify gaps in the ice with centimeter accuracy.
Meanwhile, China’s first snow waxing car was reportedly shipped on September 26 by manufacturer Taishan Sports Industry Group. Snow waxing smooths the path of the slope for skiing events, which affects the performance of athletes.
Wearable devices are a familiar sight in fitness centers and sports complexes and it will be no different in the Olympic Village. Athletes will use them to monitor heart rate, hydration and blood flow, as well as any issues that may prevent them from competing.
For example, a cardio and pulmonary function sensor worn by an athlete can complement alpine skiing and snowboarding strategies. Created at the bespoke Winter Olympics lab in Jilin province, the sensor’s inventor, Liu Junyi, described the device as a “clinic” and a “service station” in one.
Virtual site visits
The vast majority of people are excluded from Beijing 2022, as only a few domestic visitors will be granted tickets to stop sights that look desolate. Those attending the Games virtually can enjoy 3D exploration tours of the venues with 360-degree angle reconstructions that allow users to navigate the stands and facilities from home.
The virtual tour solution, provided by Realsee, is a chance to imagine yourself on top of Big Air Stadium to snowboard or practice moves in the National Speed Skating Oval. Realsee uses a proprietary laser scanner to capture detail and has quadrupled its detection range in preparation for the Games.
Robots will be present throughout the Games, taking care of everything from room service to robotic bar and kitchen work to athlete coaching.
At the Olympic media center, a robotic bartender is expected to whip up cocktails in 90 seconds. First-class meal recipes ranging from gourmet burgers to local rice dishes have also been perfected by robots while in the sports arena, Chinese athletes will use robots to improve their gold medal chances.
A robot designed by inventors from the Harbin Institute of Technology is deployed by the national curling team to refine games on the ice using a combination of AI, image recognition and a control system Automatique.
Four years after Intel’s Shooting Star drone team set the tone for South Korea’s Winter Olympics, aerial robots will once again be in full force in Beijing. Ceiling-mounted drones that glide on rails to serve noodles to restaurant patrons are already mesmerizing foreign guests in the Olympic Village dining hall, serving a mix of Chinese, Western and fast food dishes.
The cloud servers will host the IT infrastructure for this year’s Winter Olympics. As with the Tokyo Olympics last year, Alibaba Cloud will host the Olympic broadcast service entirely in the cloud to allow broadcasters around the world to work more efficiently, securely and with less equipment.
At the 2022 Winter Olympics, where overseas attendance is banned, tens of millions of viewers will depend on cloud-based broadcasts to watch the games and Alibaba says it will create a “more efficient and enjoyable experience.” ” for all stakeholders and fans.
More than 30 types of cloud products are in play for this Virtual Olympics, enabling the entire stakeholder ecosystem to remotely develop and integrate their broadcast and computing tools.
Baidu offers its AI cloud to run automated virtual humans. Avatars will help the hearing impaired with sign language translations, including commentary throughout sporting events.
The 2022 Winter Olympics are another opportunity for television innovations to be showcased on the world stage. Beijing will launch enhanced 5G camera networks that will create a “bullet time” effect of sports action.
A high-speed train from Beijing to Zhangjiakou will host a state-of-the-art, 5G-powered live streaming studio designed by Chinese media group for journalists covering the games.
Portable thermometers for measuring body temperature
Sensors are key to preventing the spread of disease at Beijing 2022. Security officials will provide the 13,000 international athletes participating in these games with armpit sensors to check for high temperatures. Athletes are not subject to the typical quarantine imposed on foreign arrivals, so sensors are imperative to stop the spread of the disease to the local population. All Games sports venues and training sites are part of a closed loop secured by physical barriers.
Transport and autonomy
While autonomous transport will be available throughout the Games, behind the scenes a network of sensors and automation will help officials keep COVID at bay.
Baidu’s Apollo Go robotaxi service will be available around the Shuogang Park venue complex. The role of 5G in autonomous vehicles is also being tested with a driverless minibus that serves as a mobile retail store and can be greeted by customers signaling with their hands.