The Olympics are here again. Although many of the 'innovations' around the Olympics have had to do with gaining unfair advantage, the self-proclaimed 'greatest show on earth' is an amazing technology showcase.
From the equipment used, to training technologies, to diet and all the way down to broadcast technologies, the Olympics remains a document of progress and motivations (good and bad) like no other.
Since the 1936 Berlin Olympics became the first sports event to be televised live, the games have been associated with innovation in broadcasting. There was the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which were filmed in colour — two years before the BBC switched on colour broadcasting — while the 1984 Los Angeles Games were the testing ground for high-definition television. Rio de Janeiro will continue the trend. Major broadcasters including NBC, the BBC, and Japan's NHK will experiment with virtual reality, super high definition, and drone technology in Brazil as they attempt to engage audiences in new ways. "If at the Olympics you aren't pushing the technological boundaries to the absolute limit, then you're failing," said Dave Gordon, an Olympic broadcasting veteran and the former head of major events at the BBC.