The Winter Olympics is back and it will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea this year. Starting from 9 to 25 February, the event will feature some interesting tech to improve the viewing experience – even athletes will benefit from these technologies.
For the first time ever, the Winter Olympics will be broadcasted in native 4K resolution complete with HDR and Dolby Atmos. However, only certain parts of the game will be shown in 4K, which include the opening ceremony and certain events like ski jumping, figure skating, and snowboarding.
Intel is also partnering with the Olympics to bring VR into the games. Intel’s True VR multi-camera system will be installed to capture hours of 360-degree footage. Viewers will then be able to use VR to watch the opening and closing ceremonies as well as selected games in glorious 360-degree format.
Not only that, Intel will be bringing 100 of its drones to the Winter Olympics too. The drones will be showcasing a light show spectacle for the game’s opening and closing ceremonies. Samsung, on the other hand, will offer its sensor-packed SmartSuits for athletes to track their movements during training. There are also self-driving buses and a high-speed trial 5G network at the event to ensure sufficient bandwidth for the games.
This edition of the Winter Olympics is an interesting one for us Malaysians: it’s the first time Malaysia will be taking part in the game. Malaysian athletes will be competing in the alpine skiing and figure skating events.