Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Columns

February 15, 2014

'WOW' improves Olympic communication

Boy am I clueless.

Up until recently, I had no idea the Winter Olympics were approaching. Maybe I’m just over the cold (as many of us are!), and trying to ignore anything associated with it. After all, I’ve seen enough people and vehicles “skating” on ice and doing some downhill “skiing”, that I don’t care to see any more. Somehow, though, the Winter Olympics escaped my radar.

While I am (obviously) not a huge follower of Olympic action, there are certainly others who are.

I recently read how Samsung Electronics’ interest in the Olympic Games has grown since 1988. During that year, the North-Korean based tech company got on board as a local sponsor of the Seoul Olympic Games. The company’s interest never waned. It continued to grow its Olympic commitment to the point of using its expertise to develop technology specifically for the internal Olympic staff. Samsung saw a need for improved internal communication among Olympic executives, athletes and other organizers.

As a result, it developed the Wireless Olympic Works technology. WOW was first used in 2004 in Athens, bringing notable improvements in internal communication for Olympic organizers, and ensuring a smoother event.

In the fall of 2009, Samsung launched a public version of WOW for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. This public application was designed to improve the Olympic experience for die-hard fans. Olympic enthusiasts could receive up-to-the-minute news and results. Fans could access maps and locate various facilities. Samsung continues to update the public WOW app for each new Olympic year and venue. Obviously there are many changes for each set of Games, from athletes to events to maps.

Samsung recently announced that the app for the 2014 Sochi Games is now available.

The 2014 Sochi App offers a few new features from past Olympic apps, including a “Cheer” feature. This allows fans to send cheers to support their favorite athletes and countries. Users can upload text and images to share with other WOW app users and on social networks. The app also offers information about all the winter sports at Sochi, including tutorials, rules and equipment. Venue information and navigation services are also available for easy maneuvering around the Olympic village. All services are available in seven languages, including: Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Text Only
Columns
  • Alice Woodhull: Back on the job Well, this is Alice, and I am back on the job. It has been two months since I got my new shoulder, and so far it is working like it should. I have had a couple weeks of therapy, plus doing a lot with it on my own, and I'm hoping it will soon be as g

    April 16, 2014

  • Linda Hamer Kennett: The timeless beauty of wicker No matter what the day may bring, I can leave it all behind when I take my evening walk. Strolling through our historic neighborhood on Indy's south side is a multifaceted treat. It is good for my heart, it erases the cares of the day and it affords

    April 16, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 is the Gospel passage that will be heard in many churches this Palm Sunday. Today, I want us to look at the last two verses: 10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, "Who can this be?" 11The crowd a

    April 12, 2014

  • Jenni Hanna: Exploring the mystery of the bitcoin I've heard of a lot of synonyms for currency, but "bitcoins" was a new one to me. Although bitcoins (BTCs) have been around since 2009, they are something I've just recently learned about and am really struggling to understand. Bitcoins cannot be hel

    April 11, 2014

  • nws-gb041014-Spaulding headshot Jack Spaulding: A time not to adopt Springtime brings a host of new life into the outdoors. The fields, forest, and the nests and dens are full of new life and cute and cuddly baby critters as nature carries on procreation. Nature knows how to take care for her own, but unfortunately,

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Net tricks My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don't know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you've

    April 10, 2014

  • opn-gb040814-Siekman column headshot Lane Siekman: It's time to raise the minimum wage On March 15, 2013, during consideration of a bill to consolidate job-training programs (H.R. 803), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) offered an amendment that, among other things, would incrementally increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. R

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb040914-Kennett Column headshot Linda Hamer Kennett: Second hand rose...or fashionista? "Fashion is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma"....John Fairchild 1940's sensible shoes with a '70's midi-skirt. High waist skirts with over the knee boots. Polka dot shirts with bell-bottom pants. Retro fashion is here to stay, and w

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb040914-Pat Smith Column headshot Pat Smith: Mistakes needn't be permanent Continuing last week's column about Josh Rutherford who is a Decatur County native interested in local history. He's interested enough, in fact, to have printed a book so that past mistakes can be corrected and on record. Appreciative of the work don

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • opn-gb040814-Hayden column headshot Maureen Hayden: House Ethics Committee considers allegations INDIANAPOLIS - Steering lawmakers through a rewrite of the state's criminal code won House Judiciary Chairman Greg Steuerwald bipartisan accolades this year. His colleagues appreciated how the even-tempered attorney from Hendricks County used his leg

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.