In this week's special, giant-sized Olympic edition of Healthy Tech, we look at some of the most interesting tech stories about the Games. In addition, you'll learn about Olympic-sized bandwidth issues affecting people here and in London, learn about some of the tech the athletes and officials use, and we even a list of gadgets that can help you show off your cultural pride.
Just when we thought we'd seen every possible angle of coverage of the historic Olympics swimming events, new photos are coming to light courtesy of the L2012 Pool Cam. If you thought Michael Phelps looked good from a birds-eye view, you should see the fish-eye view.
Endurance, performance and time. These are the holy-grail for any Olympic athlete. To possess even the smallest advantage in these areas could mean Gold. And everyone wants Gold. So if you can't get the edge from performance enhancing drugs, what else can you do to push ahead of the competition? We've all heard about the advances in hardware that athletes can use to help them attain better performances — we're talking specialized swimwear, carbon fiber bike frames and boat shells and the like. We also know that athletes train with the most high tech items at their disposal, meaning suits with motion sensors and 3D cameras everywhere to help map the optimum performance. But to get that edge, some athletes are turning towards some pretty strange training techniques. Instead of tweaking their tools, they are tweaking themselves, courtesy of some odd new methods. So much so, in fact, that this stuff sounds a lot like science fiction, and is rapidly becoming a reality in order to go for the Gold.
Beyond the athletes from nations worldwide, the Olympics also bring out the world's most talented architectural designs. Beijing had its Bird's Nest and now London has the Coca-Cola Beatbox, a building that can be played like an instrument triggered by gestures, touches and movements.
While sports fans gear up for the London 2012 summer Olympics, the residents of Bow Quarter, a batch of residents in London aren't too happy. Why is that? They're concerned about the government's plans to install missile launchers on their roofs!