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Swimmers in the open-water 10-kilometer event will wear transponders on their wrists that will transmit their official split times as they pass beneath gates on a course set up in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. The times will be posted on a scoreboard for spectators.
SEEING THE LIGHT
A water polo pool is divided into playing zones, indicated by lines across the pool bottom. In London, for the first time, underwater lights will mark these zones—an illuminating innovation, developed by the Italian company Aqvatech, that is designed to help both referees and spectators.
Omega's new Quantum timing system results in a resolution 100 times greater than that of any past system. Finish-line cameras capture 2,000 frames per second and combine with computers to offer the most accurate readings ever, down to a millionth of a second.
Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak racing has almost always been contested on a man-made concrete course with permanently embedded obstacles. The London course will instead use large, Lego-like plastic blocks (called RapidBlocs), invented by former U.S. Olympic kayaker Scott Shipley. The blocks can be moved to alter the water flow and course difficulty.
NBC's new Splashometer graphic will show how much splash a diver creates when he or she enters the water, as well as the diver's angle of entry. It produces its readings by measuring the quantity of white pixels a splash makes on the screen.