Tech innovations at South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics

Did you know that the first winter games took place in 1924 at the French commune of Chamonix?

Flash forward from 1920’s to 2000’s, the technology and games involved in the winter games have changed in a spectacular manner.

South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics, known as PyeongChang 2018 is an international multi-sport event that is currently being held from 9 to 25 February this year. There are various top-notch technologies that South Korea has implemented for Winter Games.

If you are also intrigued to know about ghost skier technology, airport robot guides, self-driving buses, and other innovations at South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics, read here:

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Next-Level Viewing Experience

The broadcasters of South Korea are airing all their sports events in Ultra High Definition, which is 4x of a High Definition resolution. Moreover, the Winter Olympics will also see the use of 360-degree virtual reality of major sports events.

Intel has announced as a strategic partnership with Olympic broadcast services to capture thirty events in VR, both on-demand and live.

Source: South China Morning Post

Self Driving Buses

Hyundai and KT in partnership with Korea’s Ministry of Land have developed 5G equipped buses that will be moving the visitors around city’s stadiums, rinks, and slopes.

In addition to this, various road improvements have also been made to support the self-driving buses.

5G Wireless Networks

While the world is planning for the deployment of 5G networks, South Korea has already gone beyond and demonstrated this network technology in PyeongChang.

“Through demonstrations of 5G network technology in PyeongChang, we will better prepare for its official commercialization,” said KT Chief Executive Hwang Chang-Gyu.

According to the Yonhap News report, the 5G network will revolutionize the broadcasting industry as is capable of delivering the massive data units.

Source: KT


Drones are everywhere at the Olympics this year. Intel sets a world record for numerous drones in the process by using drones to create a spectacle at the opening ceremony.

It has also been successful in offering wide coverage and new camera angles of the games for judges and viewers alike.

Artificial Intelligence

While AI is not new for us, South Korea used it for developing eighty-five robots that helped visitors to get around the venue for games schedules, details, and more.

Moreover, AI is also extensively being used to break the language barriers. Korea’s Telecommunication and Electronics research has collaborated with software firm Hancom to create genie talk that translated Korean into twenty-nine different languages.

Source: CNBC

Airport Robot Guides

At Seoul’s Incheon Airport, the robot airports were responsible for taking passengers to gates and offer them the accurate flight information. They are equipped with LG’s voice recognition platform and are connected to the airport’s central computers to scan your boarding pass and understand multiple languages for you.

Apart from this, the torch relay for the games featured two humanoid robots.

Source: Archi Panic

Isn’t it great?

Now, South Korea’s Ministry of Science, future planning, and ICT has also teamed up with the local technologists to drive the country towards more advanced technologies.

All we can do is wait and see what South Korea’s innovations unfolds for us.