Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 5th August 2016 1126

Hi-Tech Wizardry Employed On The Road To Olympic Gold Olympic Rings

Inevitably, the Olympic Games, now opening in Rio, will be the most technological yet.

Teams are deploying tech in ever more innovative ways.

The GB rowing team is using Visual Analytics to collect and compare performance data from its training sessions.

US cyclists are using Google Glass to monitor their own performance in real time during practice rides.

But it is the Germans, perhaps, who are going furthest with new solutions. Their sailing team has developed a sophisticated computer model of the localised impact of tide and wind on the course in Rio for predicting optimum race tactics.

Meanwhile, their Paralympic cyclist, Denise Schindler, plans to ride using a prosthetic leg that has been 3D-printed!

For owners of Samsung Gear Virtual Reality headsets watching at home in the US, 85 hours of programming will be broadcast through an App in full 360 degree video by NBC.

This will, however, frustrate Samsung Gear users outside the US as well as owners of more expensive Oculus Rift and HTC headsets, for whom these broadcasts will not be available.

We, here, will need to turn to the BBC who have sent a team of 455 to cover the event and stream live coverage of up to 24 sports at a time, in full HD, to meet the demands of fans. From weightlifting to beach volleyball, if your favourite is not on the BBC1 or BBC4, you will be able to pick it up on a computer, tablet, or other internet connected device, through iPlayer or the BBC Sport App.

The Beeb will be beaming more than 2,500 hours if live action from Rio in total.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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