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The Tech Revolution is Coming to the Winter Olympics

Drones, VR and more. The Winter Olympics will provide fans with new and unique viewing experiences using state of the art technology.

The seven-year partnership will begin in 2018 at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics which will incorporate drones, Virtual Reality, 360-degree replay technology, 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence to help revolutionise the way athletes, coaches and fan experience the Olympic Games.

Intel’s drones have already been used on the bigger sports stage – for example during the 2017 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest – Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon used a drone to help drop the ball for a dunk, and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show included a choreographed aerial drone performance.

It will be the first time a live VR broadcast will be produced from the Winter Olympics, and it will include 16 live events and 16 on-demand events such as ski jumping and figure skating.

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim tried out the Intel VR. Watch the video below.

38 high definition 5K cameras will also be installed to capture 3D plays from every angle, giving fans 360-degree views of the stadiums and arenas. This technology is already being used within a few LaLiga clubs and will soon hit stadiums in the NFL.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach says technology must be used to help drive the future of the Olympic Games.

“Sport cannot wait anymore; the people are coming to sport. Sport has to go where the people are. There are many young people that are living a digital life. We have to go with sport to where they’re living in their virtual world.”

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