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

pretty view of mountains at the olympics
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 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 even identify people while they're walking.


recognize faces as you walk by

Team USA Bobsled

BMW - builder of street cars, racecars, and bobsleds.  Former racecar driver and designer and current creative director of global design for BMW DesignWorks USA, Michael Scully, was the lead designer for Team USA's new and improved two-man bobsled.  Kevlar and carbon fiber are some of the lightweight materials BMW used to create lighter, faster bobsleds.  BMW also created a motion tracker for USA Swimming that can provide analysis about a swimmer's kick and technique.


Team USA's bobsled, luge and skeleton get high-tech tune-up -

lighter faster bobsledding for the olympics

For more about the incredible, advanced technologies that athletes and venues are using, read Sochi Olympics 2014: 10 Technologies In Spotlight by InformationWeek.

Click here to visit the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Official Website, and enjoy the Olympics!
 Winter Olympics in Russia


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