The Olympics fear heat stroke – this earpiece could save


In Japan, there are concerns that hosting the Tokyo Olympics in really hot and humid weather could lead to numerous heat strokes. This would place an additional burden on the country’s health care, which already has its hands full in the fight against the corona pandemic.

To prevent heat stroke, Tokyo is introducing earbuds designed by Alibaba to monitor the health of Olympic workers in the scorching heat. Engadgetin according to the devices placed in the ears monitor, among other things, the body temperature and heart rate of the workers, pushing the data directly into the cloud for analysis.

The data entering the cloud is compared to the conditions prevailing in different sports venues, which are also measured with different sensors. In this way, the amount of risk of heat stroke can be calculated in real time for each worker who uses the earmold.

When a heat stroke is threatened, workers receive a notification on their phone instructing them to take measures to prevent the seizure – for example, drinking water.

The last time the Olympics were held in Tokyo was in 1964, and at that time the event had been postponed to October specifically to avoid the heat of midsummer. This year, the Games will start on July 23, and all measures to prevent heat stroke will certainly be needed.


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