Truly high-tech Winter Games: 5G, AI, cloud and more at Beijing Sports Gala

A canteen robot serves food at the Olympic Village on January 29, 2022 Photo: VCG

From unmanned broadcasting, 5G-wired bullet trains, robotic restaurants, zero-gravity beds to coronavirus prevention robots, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics aren’t just a global sports carnival so that the pandemic is still raging, but the event also happens to be a concentrated display of the latest high and new technologies.

These dazzling technologies, some of which have not been widely applied in our daily lives, were further exposed during the Beijing Winter Games, creating more opportunities for international tech giants.

The one that has caught the most attention is the smart bed technology in the Athletes’ Village, which includes a “zero-G” mode that can help athletes improve blood circulation and speed up recovery after intense training.

Athletes have already taken to social media to praise the beds, unlike last year’s Summer Games in Tokyo when many athletes publicly complained about the small cardboard beds provided to them. . “I have something amazing to share,” American athlete Summer Britcher said in a TikTok music video, in which she shows off and details the luxurious remote-controlled beds. In a follow-up video, Britcher was seen happily tucked up and said, “I’m in Zero-G mode now. It’s phenomenal.”

Indeed, to deliver smart and convenient experiences for sports and media, as well as for anti-pandemic needs, more than 200 kinds of technologies, including 5G, AI, cloud, high-speed train and new energies, were tested and used in various aspects of the event, according to a report from the national news site



technology for health

Coronavirus prevention and control is one of the top priorities for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. As such, advanced technologies aimed at reducing in-person contact and improving the efficiency of COVID-19 testing are becoming the focus. one of the main parameters for organizers.

For example, the “band-aid under the arms”, similar in size to a mobile phone card, is used to measure body temperature. Staff can simply apply the smart thermometer to their skin and the temperature data will be displayed in an app on their mobile phone.

This allows athletes and spectators to monitor the temperature of each staff member in real time and it will automatically alert if the body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees Celsius, according to a People’s Daily report.

The dried blood spot (DBS) test, a new technique for collecting biological samples, will also be used for the first time at the Games. It collects whole blood samples for storage and later analysis. With the advantages of using only small blood volumes, convenience, reliability and greater sample stability, DBS testing will be a powerful weapon in the fight against doping at the Games.

An advanced remote ultrasound robot diagnostic system will be used in the closed-loop management area for patient treatment, enabling “contactless doctor-patient” diagnosis, according to a statement from MGI, a Shenzhen-based producer of high-throughput genome sequencing machine, sent to the Global Times.

The remote ultrasound robot diagnostic system is divided into a doctor end and a patient end. During the Olympics, the patient end was deployed in the closed-loop clinic, and the sonographer could perform remote scanning and real-time consultation and communication outside the closed-loop area through the physician-side profiling probe, according to the company.

The Games competition venues are equipped with an aerosol coronavirus detection system, which can realize early warning and rapid detection, with detection sensitivity three times higher than traditional methods.

Robots sanitize sports venues and provide hand sanitizer. And driverless electric vehicles will make deliveries between the closed-loop area and other areas to reduce person-to-person contact.

A look to the future

More than anti-pandemic use, technologies that remain in the testing phase or awaiting public use have also shown their value – from training preparation to site construction, technologies in clean energy – during the rare global event that comes amid the pandemic, offering a glimpse of what life and gaming would look like in the future.

For example, the opening ceremony held at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, used the world’s largest 3.5G bandwidth for the first time and can reach the experience ultimate 1.5Gbps downlink and 500Mbps uplink speed, reaching the world’s fastest 5G speed, China Unicom said in a statement sent to the Global Times on Sunday.

The company also helped build the 5G network on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, the world’s first intelligent high-speed rail fully covered by 5G.

As for services, the Beijing Winter Olympics used virtual humans as a means of delivering sign language. The first AI sign language anchor created by Baidu Smart Cloud was launched before the official opening of the Games. She has “real” skin, hair and eyes, a friendly and natural image, and an elegant and unique temperament.

Using artificial intelligence capability, the anchor provides sign language services to hearing-impaired users, allowing them to quickly get information about events.

An AI sign language anchor Photo: Courtesy of Baidu

An AI sign language anchor Photo: Courtesy of Baidu

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