Olympics
Gaming

Can’t go too fast: Nintendo is giving away ‘Mario & Sonic’ prizes to active fans

Mario & Sonic are competing in this year's Olympic games, and Nintendo is giving you a chance to compete, as well, with a chance to win some sweet prizes. Take a picture of yourself playing an Olympic sport like soccer or beach…
Photography

Nikon, Getty, and support services firm will bring automated cameras to the summer games

As athletes continue to push the boundaries of what's humanly possible, so too do photographers push technical boundaries to take better pictures of them. And the 2016 games will see some of the most advanced robotic camera systems yet.
Photography

Canon could use Diffractive Optics tech to shrink a 1,000mm lens to half its size

Canon's latest patent shows off the optical design for a 1,000mm super-telephoto lens that uses Diffractive Optics. This would be Canon's largest super-telephoto lens since its 1,200mm f/5.6 developed for the 1984 Olympics.
Cool Tech

Want an impressive opening ceremony? 2020 Olympics may include man-made meteor shower

The Olympics may be all about athletic prowess, but its opening ceremonies have always been about showmanship. And what could be more spectacular than a man-made meteor shower?
Cool Tech

Australia plans to supply its 2016 Olympic athletes with anti-Zika condoms in Rio de Janeiro

The Australian Olympic Committee will provide Australian athletes in Rio with a special supply of anti-Zika condoms. The antiviral condom treatment, VivaGel, fights against transmission of viruses like HIV and herpes in addition to Zika.
Social Media

For the first time ever, NBC is sharing Olympic footage

For the first time, Comcast Corp.'s NBC will be distributing footage from the Olympics. Snapchat users will be able to see the events and athletes up close through the app. The content will be curated by Buzzfeed.
Virtual Reality

BMW unveils wheelchair racing prototype for U.S. Paralympics team

Team USA stopped by New York yesterday as a part of its Road to Rio campaign, before the 2016 Summer Olympics. The festivities included virtual reality, as well as a first look at BMW's prototype of the racing wheelchair for the U.S…
Movies & TV

NBC names hosts for Rio Olympics' Opening Cermony

As the world gets ready to assemble in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, NBC has set its hosts for the games' Opening Ceremony, a crew which pairs two Olympic veterans with one first-timer.
Cool Tech

Tourists in Japan could soon use their fingerprints as currency

Soon, you may be able to touch to buy -- literally. Capitalizing upon its status as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan is planning to test a new system of currency over the summer -- the fingerprint.
Cool Tech

Japan’s new Olympic stadium design has a problem – there’s no cauldron

In its haste to redesign the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games after canceling the original plan over spiraling costs, Japan's Olympic committee appears to have made a serious error in green-lighting the new design.
Cool Tech

Japan shows off proposed Olympic stadium designs after scrapping pricey first effort

Following increasing criticism of its outlandish design and spiraling construction costs, the Japanese government in July scrapped the original plan for its 2020 Olympic stadium. This week it unveiled two new proposals by acclaimed Japanese…