It is the fourth year again folks and the bags are being packed and the tickets being booked as thousands of athletes and millions of spectators ready themselves to head to one of the largest festivals of human prowess — the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which are kicking off next week. And Google wants to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything.
The company has put together a slew of its products to ensure that users stay up to date with the latest happenings at the Olympics. From the ability to discover event schedules, medal counts, and athlete information by using Google Search, to obtaining updates on your favorite athletes and event, the company has it all planned out well in advance.
As per a blog post by Google,
In celebration of the next chapter in Olympics history, we’re bringing the best our products have to offer to help people around the world stay up-to-date with the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
And the company actually means it. Google is going out of its way this year to make sure that users have all the content they need on the Rio Olympics. Not only will YouTube be offering official broadcaster’s video highlights in over 60 countries around the world for your viewing pleasure, it is also sending 15 top creators all the way to Rio. These creators will be attempting to give you the actual feel of being amidst all that excitement, all that pressure, all that exhilaration, through mobile live streaming.
Google has also made a handy little tweak to searching on the Google app on Android and iOS. Users would be able to see and activate an option to get automatic updates on top event and medal wins, depending upon their country, athlete or event preference.
Google has also partnered with several of Rio’s top cultural institutions to create an interactive online collection of some of the city’s most famous art exhibits and landmarks, which are all available on the recently launched Google Arts & Culture platform. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, view archival photographs of Rio through the passage of time, or check out the works of some of its most well known artists and personages — all thanks to Google.
Finally, Google’s Beyond The Map project is taking immersive technology to an all new level.
We brought Street View and 360° technology to favelas for the first time, creating an immersive experience that lets you go beyond GPS coordinates and get to know the people and culture of communities that many people otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to visit. You can even experience what it feels like to zip through the narrow streets of a favela on a motorcycle taxi!
Sweet right? Well, Google has certainly given people who can not visit Rio in person, something to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. See you in Brazil fellas!