Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Tuesday Video: Micro Mini-Coopers used for discus, javelin, shot, and hammer retreival

The Olympic games have implemented remote controlled quarter-scale Mini Coopers to retrieve thrown (and putted) field items: javelins, discuses, shots, and hammers. Just to be clear: the electric Minis don't actually pick up these items; the items must be picked up and placed in the vehicles by an official. The electric Mini "merely" runs the items from the field to the athletes, thusly:

While this does cut down on the amount of running about that officials will have to do (while simultaneously injecting a bit of nationalistic humor and marketing), the fact that officials are still on the field (for measuring, marking, and picking up the thrown items), they can still get hit:

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