Olympic History – 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular: Wearable Technology
Over the course of Olympic history, a fraction of a second has often meant the difference between winning gold and being an also-ran. And when it comes to truly appreciating the experience of hurtling down a snow and ice-covered hill on a pair of skis, jumping off a ramp and sailing for hundreds of feet, it’s tough to beat a POV (point-of-view) camera.
The Olympics has proven the value of wearable technology, from the motion sensors used in training to capture every nuance of an athlete’s stride — allowing them to shave fractions of a second from their time — to the POV cameras worn by referees at 2006 Winter Olympics hockey games.
The Olympic Games have helped to popularize wearable technology that we’re new seeing in a big way through motion capture used in ultra-realistic video games, consumer POV cameras like the GoPro and of course a flood of wearable fitness tracking gear and smart watches.