Today being the opening day of the Olympic Games in Beijing, we thought it was prime time for a look at the high-tech athletics gear that's being used at the games today that wasn't around four years ago in Athens. The much-publicized LZR Racer Speedo is just the tip of the iceberg. One technology that won't be appearing, however, is Oscar Pistorius' running prosthetics, which at least one person thinks is a good thing, lest Olympic athletes eventually start competing with cyborgs. Another big tech on display at the games is unprecedented broadcasting, the highlights of which we've neatly broken down for you by the numbers.
More top tech stories from the week:
5 fresh ideas for prefabricated housing
Need cheap, simple homes in a flash? Try one of these cutting-edge designs.
Solar carport: the greenest way to juice up your hybrid
Power from the sun goes for a ride.
Average Mac costs twice as much as typical PC
But they're still hot.
Clock Delay may be craziest clock yet
Speaking of hot…
Epson P-6000 and P7000 Multimedia Photo Viewers might even satisfy eagle-eyed pros
Offloading a ton of photos from your camera has never been easier.
Giant kites could power 100,000 homes
At least until they become self-aware.
Stephen Hawking's hulking prosthetic suit (with menacing robo-claw)
Not an action figure, not an imaginary story — this 300-pound suit is for real. Sorta.