Technology in Beijing Olympics
September 4, 2008 3:10am CST
If the Beijing Olympics was China's coming out party, then it was the most technology-fuelled coming-out party ever........ As much as the power of a rising China eager to assert itself in the world stage was on display.it also showed how technology is changing Olympics in a profound way..... Beijing fired over thousand rain dispersal rockets the night before the opening ceremony to blow away rain clouds.... This is the first time that such technology has been used to ensure the weather conditions for olympics..... Four years ago, Athens opened the Games with Olympic rings floating on man-made Aegean Sea..... Beijing opened with a scroll to present China's history..... An LED screen was laid at the centre of the ground for this purpose..... For the first time ever in Olympics opening ceremony, Beijing used a technical monitoring system for program control of more than 18000 performers through their identification codes... The use of a unique digital ignition control system minimised the time difference of the firework display to a few milli-seconds at more than 30 locations across Beijing..... Beijing Olympics also witnessed the breaking of many world records in swimming events...... This is due to the invention of SPEEDO...... Since February this year, almost all the record-breaking feats were connected with the Speedo's LZR Racer swim-suit...... The LZR swim-suit, designed with the help from US space agency NASA, keeps swimmers in a corset-like grip which is said to reduce drag..... Some reports have credited it with reducing swimming times by upto two percent, although Speedo officials have said that it is impossible to verify.