Omega’s High-Tech Olympic Timekeeping Instruments at PyeongChang 2018

By rolex
June 18, 2021
4 min read

Omega sends a munititions stockpile of complex timekeeping instruments to determine the destiny of competitors at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Trucking 230 tons of timekeeping gear from Switzerland to Korea, Omega’s forefront innovation will be a definitive appointed authority of the Olympic victors, where part second contrasts can have the effect between a gold and a silver medal.

Naturally, with a hostage horde of avid supporters and Omega marking as inescapable as the competitors, the Swiss brand has dispatched a committed Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Pyeongchang Limited Edition decked out in the shades of the South Korean banner, a line of bright Seamaster watches enlivened by the five rings of the Olympic banner , and a more upmarket set of three of Seamaster models in gold to commend the affirmation of Omega’s true job as watch of the Games until 2032.

Let’s investigate a portion of the instruments that Omega has created since its presentation as the Olympic Games watch in 1932 and the oddities it has pulled out of its pack for its 28th round at the 2018 Olympic rodeo.

Omega’s platform of Olympic golds

Things have changed an extraordinary arrangement since Omega’s presentation at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 when 30 split second stopwatches and one watchmaker were dispatched from Switzerland to time the occasion. Where timings to the closest 1/10th of a second were viewed as the apex of innovation in 1932, today Omega’s Quantum Timer is precise to one-millionth of a second.

Most of you will be acquainted with Omega’s enormous forward leaps in timekeeping throughout the long term, including the electronic flashgun or beginning gun previously utilized in Winter Games of Vancouver of 2010. Supplanting the customary powder gun – and intended to look less antagonistic – the flashgun radiates a glimmer of light, makes a noisy blast and starts the clock. Amplifiers enhance the sound to guarantee all racers appreciate an equivalent start.

Another gigantic improvement in track occasions was accomplished with Omega’s beginning squares outfitted with electronic sensors to maintain a strategic distance from bogus starts or the touch cushions for swimmers to stop the clock that showed up in the Mexico City Olympics of 1968. However, maybe the most well known piece of gear is Omega’s near tie camera of 1948. Nicknamed the Magic Eye, the Scan ‘O’ Vision MYRIA as today is known, is a combination of time locator and chronograph capable of shooting up to 10,000 advanced pictures each second, and its faultless pictures have become a definitive referee of each race.

Big Air Events

Big Air is the new child around at the Olympics. A free-form snowboarding occasion, Big Air joins the Olympic list and draws the groups as snowboarders speed down a slope and are projected into the sky. When airborne, the competitors play out a wide range of stunts including revolutions and stops. With a little assistance from Omega, a board of six adjudicators situated at the lower part of the hop will measure the nature of the airborne stunts and the exactness and style of the landings.

By connecting movement sensors to the boots of these thrill seekers, Omega can catch Big Air details mid-flight. Each judge’s keypad is associated with the circumstance and scoring room permitting the moment transmission of results to competitors and spectators.

Speed skating

Recognised as the quickest human-controlled game, speed skating includes racers zooming at velocities of near 50km an hour around a 400-meter oval ice arena. To stay up with the high velocity activity, no less than 10 electronic gadgets are arranged around the arena. Notwithstanding the beginning e-firearm, the MYRIA close finish camera, the laser photocells that record the time which is in a split second projected on the electronic scoreboards, skaters wear a transponder on their lower legs permitting them to dissect their presentation continuously. The transponders catch distinctive measurable data, similar to speed and comparisons, giving the public an indispensable comprehension of what is happening and give competitors a priceless apparatus for future training.

Isn’t it to realize that regardless of whether there were some major innovative breakdown, Omega can generally depend on its past bronze ringer to flag the last lap in a speed skating competition.

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