VR, 5G and Drones Deliver an Exhilarating Olympic Experience

Imagine the pure excitement and thrill of observing the world’s finest athletes in the heat of competition. The Olympic experience isn’t one that is readily available to the masses – but technology is making it a whole lot more accessible.

While there is no experience quite like being at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in person, advanced technologies are transforming the traditional form of viewing into something entirely new.  Cutting-edge technologies are redefining the future of how people will enjoy the Olympics. Spectators will be able to do more than just watch games as they’ve done in the past. This February, they’ll actually be able to experience them. Intelligent Drones will take video and images to new heights, while 5G wireless networks will empower the lightning-fast connections necessary to deliver these experiences in real time.

VR and 5G: A Powerful Team

When Olympians demonstrate their world-class talents in PyeongChang at the winter games, observers located anywhere in the world can come along for the ride and feel the full excitement. Through the utilization of an array of ultra-high definition cameras connected to 5G wireless networks, fans can get a bird’s eye view from the athlete’s perspective.  In addition to views from a multitude of angles, viewers will be able to see the full details of the athlete’s name, country, and personal stats in the background.

Esports Amplified by the Olympics

Many of the technologies that will enhance the Olympic viewing experience have already accelerated the Esports marketplace. Esports has officially become mainstream in the past few years, as network television and superstar athletes have adopted it.  For instance, audience engagement for the Intel® Extreme Masters competition in Oakland, California grew nearly 40 percent from last year by attracting 28.6 million online views from fans around the globe. Now that Intel has become a worldwide partner with the Olympic Games, Esports will get the chance to hit the biggest stage yet in a demonstration preceding the Olympic Winter Games.

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