By the time you will read this news, Michael Phelps, who has already won 21 gold medals in the Olympics, would have won 1 more, taking his total Olympics medal tally to 26 and a total of 22 gold medals. So what makes Michael Phelps such a superhuman? Well, years and years of training is one thing, and using high-tech equipment to enhance the training is another.
The U.S swimming contingent for the Olympics and BMW joined hands to bring the best out of the swimmers and win maximum gold medals for the country. The star and most successful athlete in the Olympics history along with the team used the BMW's autonomous driving technology to improve and enhance their training.
The technology in talks here is the LED lighting system from the BMW autonomous tech that motion tracks the swimmer's movements through LEDs attached to swimmer's wrists, shoulders, hips, ankles and toes using 3D printed mounts. An underwater motion camera then breaks down the swimmer's movements and record them to enhance the performance.
The same technology is used in the autonomous vehicles to detect moving objects and obstacles. Rio 2016 is not the first time BMW is helping the USA team with technology, but also helped them during the 2012 London Olympics, with the older version of the same technology. The newer version is more detailed, accurate, less intrusive and doesn't disrupt a swimmer's technique.
Now that the U.S Olympics team has done very good in Rio and more particularly Phelps, we hope BMW's technology will also help Indian athletes, if they opt for it!