Did you know that the World Cup is the 3rd largest sporting event on the planet?
In today’s world, it’s impossible to hold an event of this magnitude without it having any creative technological solutions. Indeed, this year’s World Cup is surrounded by technological innovations, 5 of which are listed below.
1. Goal-line technology
Being used for the very first time during a World Cup, Goal-line technology is a complex system that can identify whether the ball has crossed the goal line. In the event that the ball does cross the goal line or not, an automatic alert message is sent to the referee’s watch in less than a second, and he can then make a decision.
2. Paralyzed man kicks-off the tournament
This year, Juliano Pinto, a 29 year-old paralyzed man and a sports enthusiast held the honor of making the first kick during the opening ceremony using a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit.
3. Pre-cooling vest
Another first time used technology is also adopted during this year’s World Cup which is the pre-cooling vests and sleeves. They are worn by the Spanish German and Argentinian team members during their warm-up right before the game. Those vests help bring down the body temperature, which can contribute to reducing body-heating fatigue caused by the Brazil’s warm weather.
4. Virtual tour of World Cup stadiums
We are used to seeing pictures and read articles about the magnificent stadiums prepared for the World Cups tournaments every four years. This year, however, Google Street View took it a step further when it published the World Cup stadiums’ interactive images. This allows regular football fans to take a virtual tour through the venues, inside and out, right from the comfort of their homes.
5. Security robots safeguard the venues
Brazil purchased 30 security robots for this year’s World Cup to roam the event venues and ensure their safety. In addition to recognizing suspicious objects and material, the robots can also detect chemicals and bombs and safely remove them. Also, if there are locations deemed dangerous, the robots can investigate them without having to put any human lives at risk.
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