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Sochi Olympics 2014: 10 Technologies In Spotlight

From innovations for athletes to unprecedented surveillance tools for authorities, look at the technologies that will shape the Sochi Olympics.
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Saving face 
After arriving at the Sochi airport, prepare to confront yourself in Artec ID's Broadway 3D Face Recognition System, installed last summer in preparation for the crowds. 'The system is capable of identifying a person on the walk, in hats or sunglasses,' claims Artec ID. 'It can also tell apart identical twins.' What could go wrong?

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Artec ID

Saving face
After arriving at the Sochi airport, prepare to confront yourself in Artec ID's Broadway 3D Face Recognition System, installed last summer in preparation for the crowds. "The system is capable of identifying a person on the walk, in hats or sunglasses," claims Artec ID. "It can also tell apart identical twins." What could go wrong?

Source: Artec ID

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Kristin Burnham
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2/5/2014 | 11:53:28 AM
Supersuit and wearable tech
A practical use of wearable tech: sensors in the supersuit. I think it would be neat to see real-time vitals and stats when the athletes compete: speed, heart rate, acceleration, stride, etc.
Thomas Claburn
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2/5/2014 | 4:39:36 PM
Re: Supersuit and wearable tech
That would be interesting, though I wonder if it would be meaningful (as opposed to just a matter of curiosity). Would heartbeat, pulse, etc correlate with victory or would it be too far removed from the final result to offer guidance in how an athlete was actually doing?
WKash
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2/5/2014 | 1:31:32 PM
Room Service
Interesting glimpse of technology's presence at the games.  Judging by the initial tweets of journalists arriving at Sochi, however, it sounds like the housing infrastructure at the games is about as ready as the HealthCare.gov was, with many rooms lacking in even the basics -- water, light bulbs, and a Wi-Fi connection.

 
Kristin Burnham
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2/6/2014 | 12:20:16 PM
Re: Room Service
Those tweets -- and pictures -- are worrisome. If they're struggling to complete the basics like hotels and running water, it's hard to imagine how its infrastructure could hold up.
WKash
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2/7/2014 | 4:44:35 PM
Re: Room Service
Too bad we didn't send along a few tech writers to join the sports writers in Sochi.  Who knows what we might learn.
Shane M. O'Neill
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2/5/2014 | 2:08:41 PM
Injury healing tech
Great slideshow that sets the scene for the games. The facial recognition device is a revelation but also scary. How soon before that's at every American airport? If that L-C Ligament product can reduce the healing time of an ACL or MCL injury by half that'll be a total game-changer (pun intended) especially in pro football.
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