Front row seats

Enjoy the Olympic Games and the 2016 Euro championship as never before

By Claire Marchand

This year is rich in world sports events. The Euro 2016 championship will see 24 football teams compete for the European Champion title from 10 June to 10 July. A month later, from 5 to 21 August, Rio de Janeiro will welcome the Olympic Games. Viewed by millions around the world, these competitions will offer spectacular and emotional moments for athletes and spectators alike.

Those equipped with headsets will be able to watch some Rio Olympics events in VR
Those equipped with headsets will be able to watch some Rio Olympic events in VR (Photo: bustle.com)

Technological advances in many fields will be showcased. For instance, the opening and closing ceremonies in Rio, as well as some of the sports events, will use virtual reality (VR) technology, allowing those who possess VR headsets to feel there are in the stadium. Those without headsets will be able to enjoy the footage on 360 degree video publishing websites. 

Intelligent textiles and wearables that help track performance in training have changed the way athletes prepare for these major events. Many of the technologies used for high-level sports performances may well become the next trend in consumer goods and equip amateurs throughout the world. 

Sports events that attract large crowds represent a particularly sensitive challenge for organizers and require exceptional security measures, many of a technical nature. Both the Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games will be subjected to drastic security measures relying to a great extent on electronic alarms and security systems. 

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Those equipped with headsets will be able to watch some Rio Olympics events in VR Those equipped with headsets will be able to watch some Rio Olympic events in VR (Photo: bustle.com)
Security for athletes, officials and fans will be a challenge during Euro 2016 in France and the Olympic Games in Rion Security for athletes, officials and fans will be a challenge during Euro 2016 in France and the Olympic Games in Rio (Photo: Higor Douglas/Wikipedia)
Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech