22 Jan

Omega Measurement Unit Used in Olympic Bobsleighs

Omega has announced that it has developed a device known as the Omega Measurement Unit that will be mounted on bobsleighs in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Measurement Unit will make run-in data immediately available to both competitors and television viewers.

This will be the first time that technology of this nature has been utilized during this event.

It is aimed at facilitating peak performances and contributing to the experience of the spectators.

It is clear that Omega is applying the precision and craftsmanship of its watch making to the measurement of characteristics other than time.


What the Units Measure

Each unit consists of a 3D gyro-sensor, a 3D acceleration sensor and a speed sensor.

The gyro-sensor records the bobsleigh’s angular velocity, which is the rate at which its angular position changes as it goes around the track.

The speed sensor measures the speed of the bobsleigh throughout the run.

The acceleration sensor is capable of determining the precise forces that act upon drivers during the event, with three axes each recording different acceleration parameters.


Omega’s Link to Bobsleighing

Monobob is a sport involving bobsleighs that are designed to be driven by a single person. Omega was instrumental in the creation of this sport.

Omega first started work on the Measurement Unit in October 2011 following the creation of the Monobob Series, which is a sport that the company helped to develop featuring one-person bobsleighs.

A prototype of the technology was tested out during the 2012/2013 series.

Omega has a longstanding connection with bobsleigh events, having provided results and times for various different competitions, the first one being the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Since then, it has been responsible for providing timing at eleven Winter Olympics and a plethora of different championship competitions.


The Importance of Precise Measurements

In bobsleigh events, results are frequently decided by tiny fractions of a second – sometimes even thousandths.

It therefore figures that such a prestigious watch making company has been charged with the task of measuring the times.

The development of the Omega Measurement Unit means that it will now be responsible for delivering various other pieces of information and contributing to spectators’ enjoyment of the event as well as the accuracy of the results.


Omega’s Contribution to the World of Sports

The Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 mm “Sochi 2014” Limited Edition is one of three watches that Omega has brought out to commemorate the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Omega has contributed a number of other important innovations to the sporting world.

It was responsible for the world’s first photo-finish camera and contact pads for swimming events that react to the touch of competing swimmers without being affected by splashes of water.

It has also created a collection of commemorative timepieces in honor of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

According to Omega, the watches are inspired by the colors of the Russian flag and the spirit of the Olympics.

The Measurement Unit will hopefully apply the company’s high standards of timekeeping to the other characteristics that it measures.

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Image: Omega.