Time and distance are too important in the Olympics, to know who has been first in an arrival where athletes seem to have tied, and know how close it is an arrow from the target is now the responsibility of technology as a tool principal of judges.
Cameras, chronometers, and systems almost perfect photo finish they have to prove what color the medal that each finalist deserves. In the last 26 editions of Olympic Games this work most have been in the hands of the same people, since 1932 are the Swiss Omega those who help judges make the right decisions (Seiko has replaced them on occasion).
In Rio the thing does not change, they are the ones who put the new generation of cameras Scan ‘O’ Vision, released for the first time in 2010 during the Vancouver Winter Games. The new version Myria is able to make 10,000 shots in a second, a big improvement over what was the camera in Sochi 2014 (2,000 shots per second).
In addition to the improvement in the camera, there are other new features for the500 operators specializing in timing and measure distances to the Games in Rio. It highlights the new system to calculate the distance of an arrow to the target with an error of 0.2 millimeters, but especially you look at the teams that determine departures and arrivals correct.
Currently the gun itself that determines the start of the race , when shooting, you start timing. It is very important that the signal arrives at the same time each runner, so the system performs three actions that occur at the same time:
- A light is visible at the top of the gun
- A pulse starts the timed
- The audible signal on a speaker jumps right behind each runner
We should also give value to new pressure system having the starting blocks in the sprints: measure weight or pressure exerted by the athlete about 4,000 times per second, thus can easily detect if they leave early (output false if it is before 0.1 seconds).
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At the finish line
At the finish line is waiting Myria said chamber, in its latest generation, with optical Nikon to do their job. A digital inclinometer maximum precision is needed to place the optimum height of the camera to get the best viewing angle of the participants at the finish line. For those who do not know, wins the first chest that exceed the line.
In the pool, this is different, this is the first body part touch sensors goal, which determines the winner. The measurements are more complicated in water also changes in dimensions stage – there is a margin of error of three centimeters – according to conditions such as temperature.
Thus the measurement level is not as strict and in the 100 meters butterfly Rio, Phelps and two swimmers made the same time. Another episode occurred in Rio we have in the final 400 meters of girls, there Shaunae Miller Allyson Felix won by 0.07 seconds, throwing to the ground. This sort of thing could only contemplate with systems that Omega has been the Games.
The Swiss company is still working on improvements to its Olympic role, we are told that Tokyo 2020 will be one of the most important showcases for technology, there will carry many innovations, in line with the level that will be in every way.Tags: Olympic Games in Rio, Omega