2012 Olympics Technology Recap

By Susan J. Campbell July 27, 2012

In a global economy, there are a number of topics that can easily separate one culture from another. Even within the U.S., the discussion surrounding politics can turn close friends into sworn enemies. While technology can often be a common denominator connecting polar opposites, nothing brings the conversation full circle like the Olympics. The exciting games garner much attention and when technology enters the mix, we get the best of both worlds.

TMC has been busy covering Olympics tech news on our site. Here, we recap this coverage, providing our readers with easy access to all the latest in Olympics technology and the exciting innovations emerging because of the games.

Social media is sure to be in the mix, as this Twitter report highlights. The micro-blogging site plans to dedicate a group of individuals to spend 20 hours each day organizing the millions of Twitter posts related to the games into a single Twitter page. Check out the story to learn more.

And, while many of us were raised with a history of gathering around the family television set to watch the different Olympic events, today’s viewer is likely to stream the games to their mobile devices. Those events that typically get less coverage due to the time of day may get new time in the limelight. Read this video story to get the full scoop.

For those wanting to enhance the excitement surrounding the games – how about your favorite event in 3D? According to this Sports Techy piece, 80 percent of homes will have access to 3D viewing of this year’s games. Regardless of your preferred viewing device, the action will literally be coming right at you.

Team communications will also get a perk during the games. Sanzeo will help those U.K.-based professionals wanting to work from home. The online real-time team communication services company will allow users to download and use its service for free through the end of August. Check out the full report.

While consumers may be fully focused on sharing Olympic news via social media, there are some who worry this much sharing could interfere with prep and competition among athletes. Could this lead to under-performance? Access this Sports Techy article to learn more.

Given the demand for streaming the games to any device, Comcast is offering new, faster service with upgrades to two existing services. And the best news – these upgrades arrive just in time for the games. For just $300 a month, Comcast boasts customers will enjoy service faster than quick options from Verizon Communications’ FiOS.  Read Ed Silverstein’s post to find out how. 

Alcatel-Lucent is ready to improve the experience. According to this contribution, passengers of the Le Shuttle and high-speed trains in and around London will have access to high speed Internet service to stay abreast of all things Olympic Games.

Take a stroll down Olympic memory lane in Sports Techy’s recap of mobility advancements from 2008 to 2012 and how they impact our enjoyment of the games. Check out the changes, advancements and how far we’ve come in just four years.

This TMC report revisits the doubt professionals are expressing over the distractions social networking may create for athletes at this year’s games. Twitter is one culprit under scrutiny and even Olympic winners weighed in on the subject. Check out their take here.

Finally, thousands of interested fans will be able to Tweet, updates and communicate in Wembley stadium thanks to iBrave and Real Wireless. Coaches and individual athletes may need to decide how much communicating to do on social networks, but those close to the action – the fans in the stands – will be able to share their take in real-time. Visit this page to find out more.

The games are just beginning and TMC will be there watching, along with the rest of the world, and we’ll be excited to share our take on the technology making our viewing experience the best it’s ever been.




Edited by Brooke Neuman

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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