Winter Olympics 2018 – Athletes from 92 countries gathered Pyeongchanch 2018 to compete. We selected 8 brilliant pavilions, stadiums and graphic designs as well as cutting-edge technologies marking the games. From polyglot robot-guides which clean up the floor to innovative technologies unveiling the point of view of figure-skaters. Good luck to all!
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The controverse Korean unification flag parades at the opening ceremony
North and South Korea marched together under the unification flag. The design includes a blue silhouette of the once united peninsula on a white background. For the first time in years, the two countries showed a message of positive intents despite the growing tension due to North Korea regime’s geopolitical destabilizing nuclear threat. Japan didn’t welcome the flag as it features a group of disputed islands. Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that “the flag is unacceptable, based on our stance on our sovereignty”.
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The Intel’s flying choreography at the opening ceremony
A legion of 1.218 drones showed off creating a floating light-show at the Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony. “It’s in essence technology meeting art,” says to Wired Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel’s Shooting Star platform which designed the choreography. Watch more…
The open air stadium providing blankets for competitions at -25C°
The PyeongChang Olympic Stadium will allegedly be dismantled after the conclusion of March’s Winter Paralympic Games. According to the BBC it costed about $58m and lacks central heating and is even roofless. With predicted windchill temperatures of -25C, no wonder it caused controversies even if spectators in the 35,000-seater arena will be provided with blankets, hand warmers, cushions and raincoats. If you couldn’t make it to South Korea – or you just feel you couldn’t cope the cold, you can virtually tour it on line HERE.
Figure skating performances seen from the the athletes’ point of view
At PyeongChang Olympics, you will get to watch events like figure skating from new perspectives with Korean mobile carrier KT Corp’s “time slice,” which captures athletes mid-motion from different angles, or witness a race from a first-person perspective by watching it from a camera mounted on the athlete’s helmet.
The polyglot floor-cleaning robots guiding you to the olympic battle ground…
Not a Korean fluent speaker? No worry, at Seoul’s Incheon airport LG’s polyglot robots speak Korean, Japanese and Englis, offer flight information and guide lost passengers while cleaning the floor as well.
The super-black pavilion allowing outer-space to sneak a peek
Asif Khan inaugurated the “darkest building on earth” at PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018. The pavilion is coated with Vantablack, a special pigment absorbing 99% of the light that hits its surface. The result? A pitch black architecture with no three-dimensionality. White lights disposed like stars, create the effect of a window looking into the depths of outer space.
The logo of PyeongChang 2018… Don’t call it simple!
At a first look the logo of the Winter Olympics 2018 looks like a box with an asterisk. But there is more than it meets the eye. The design is a stylized version of city’s name in Korean alphabet – PyeongChang actually means “land of prosperity”. The box on the left represents harmony between heaven, earth and man, while the star shape on the right combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.
Torches & medals by Kim Young-se and Lee Suk-woo
The Olympic torch was designed by Korean industrial designer Kim Young-se. An outer, snow white ceramic case with five prongs – 5 like the continents joining the event – encases an inner gold cylinder, which carries the frame. The gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals by Lee Suk-woo are inspired by the texture of tree trunks, with the front bearing the Olympic rings and dynamic diagonal lines that reflect both the history of the Olympics and the determination of the participants.