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Making Snow with iPhones and Other Advanced Technology of the Sochi 2014 Olympics

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What if Sochi doesn't get enough snowfall for the Olympic skiing and snowboarding events?

Is there an app for that?

Well actually.... Yes!


Snowmaking

Snowmaking machines being used for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics can conveniently be operated by computers or even iPhones.  You can start up compressors, water pumps, and change the position of the snow guns with an iPhone.  The remote operation is very beneficial because workers do not have to physically go to different areas of the mountain to turn snowfall on and off.  This same technology is used at Northstar California Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe.

Check out CNET's article Snowmaking with computers and an iPhone and video below to see these machines in action!






Facial Recognition

Facial recognition will be incorporated into the Sochi airport as well.  Artec ID's Broadway 3D Face Recognition System uses facial geometry and is capable of telling identical twins apart.  It has a recognition time of less than 1 second and can ev…