The Olympics are coming soon and the best way to enjoy them is with tech! Whether you’re attending the Games in person or enjoying them from afar, tech can enhance the experience of the XXX Olympiad.
The London 2012 Olympics might be the Games that are remembered for their use of tech and social media. Twitter has been named the Official Narrator of the Olympics and even the Games’ mascot has his own Facebook page.
If you’re wondering how you can best use tech with the Olympics, wonder no more. The Wonder of Tech has you covered.
Official Olympics Website
The International Olympics Committee has an official website that gives you information about the Games, athletes, events and more. Learn about the history of the Games and see highlights from past Games. You can search for past medalists or study up on Olympics trivia at this site. The shop has items from past Olympics as well as the 2012 London Games.
London 2012 Olympics
The London Olympics Committee has been busy not only getting ready for the Games but also preparing tech in anticipation of the big event. The Official London 2012 website contains schedules, results, photos, weather and travel information for visitors to the Games. You can search by the date or the sport to find out when the events are scheduled.
NBC Olympics Website
Get information on the games, TV schedules, photos, results and medal counts from the NBC Olympics website. If you have an account with a US satellite or cable TV company, you can watch live streaming video of the Games from this website.
Whether you’re out and about or sitting on the sofa with your smartphone in front of you, you can find out lots of information from apps. Olympics apps can give you instant in-depth information about events, sports, athletes, travel and teams.
Official Olympics Apps
The London Olympics Committee has issued three different apps ahead of the Games. These official Olympics apps can be downloaded free from the official London 2012 Olympics website. The Olympics Results app is available for Android, iOS and Windows 7 devices and, as the name suggests, gives you easy access to results, schedules and more. You can filter the information for countries, athletes or sports.
The Join In app, available for Android, iOS and Blackberry devices, is a guide to both Olympic events and to other events in the London area during the Olympic Games.
If you want to see what it’s like to train as an Olympic athlete from the comfort of your sofa, grab the official London 2012 Mobile Game app, available for Android and iOS devices. Train your athlete in Training, Olympic or Challenge modes in nine different sports. The competitions take place in arenas that are based on official London Olympic venues.
NBC Olympic Live Extra App
If you want to watch live streaming of the games from your mobile device, check out the free NBC Live Olympics Extra app. This app shows live streams of games as well as highlights and On Demand programs. You can also schedule alerts for upcoming events.
The app is free, but you need to register using your satellite or cable tv account to watch live streams. The live streaming video can only be viewed within the US.
NBC Olympics App
The NBC Olympics app gives you background information about the sports, athletes and events. Track Twitter, get news and see photo galleries from the Games. On Demand video is also available from this app.
This app is not currently available.
BBC Olympics App
If you’re in the UK for the Olympics, check out the BBC Olympics app which provides up to 24 live video streams of Olympic events. You can see pages for each Olympic sport and each athlete competing in the Games. Get breaking news and watch video highlights as well as interviews with the athletes.
This app is not currently available.
Note, this app was originally launched worldwide, but is now only available in the UK.
PlayUp, one of my Sweet (16) Sport Apps, was updated this week to include Olympics coverage. With PlayUp you can get information about events, news, medal tallies and schedules. The Buzz section will show you Olympics-related tweets.
In this app you can start chatrooms with your friends or join in chats with everyone. Discuss the Games, root for your country and make predictions so that every Olympic event becomes a social event!
Bonus App: If you’re visiting London, check out Tube Exits which helps you navigate from station to station on the London Tube. If you’re going to transfer between Tube lines, this app will show you which car to be in and which doors to stand near for easiest access to the next line. If the Tube stations are as crowded as they are anticipated to be, knowing which car to be in could save you time and hassles during the Games.
Other than watching the Games live, the quickest way of getting results may be Twitter. Be sure to follow the official Olympic Twitter feed: @London2012 and #London2012. Follow the US Olympics team’s Twitter feed @USOlympic.
The London Eye
The London Eye will be joining in the tech fun during the Games. Beginning at 9:00 pm BST each evening during the Games, the London Eye will light up to reflect the sentiments of tweets using the hashtag #Energy2012. MIT engineers in the US developed an algorithm to measure the intensity of positive and negative sentiment of tweets surrounding the Games to color the Eye.
Europe’s Largest Ferris Wheel will become a high-tech pie chart/mood ring, colored according to positive or negative tweets. The London Eye will be colored yellow for positive and purple for negative. Also look for the London Eye to display gold, silver or bronze light shows to celebrate the medals brought home by Great Britain.
Wenlock – The London 2012 Olympics Mascot
Will you be using tech to enhance your enjoyment of the Olympics? Have you visited any Olympics sites or downloaded any apps yet? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* London Eye image by Alexis Soon via Flickr and Creative Commons