2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony: A High Tech Masterpiece

2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony: A High Tech Masterpiece

Did you happen to catch NBC's broadcast of the opening ceremonies from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on Friday eve? What a sight it was! Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were installed across the entire stadium (even the roof!) and a LED screen, measuring 147 meters long and 22 meters wide was placed in the center of the stadium. And for the full futuristic effect, around 44,000 tiny LED beads, all different colors, were embedded within the LED screen as well as in the costumes of the performers. "We have combined creativity with the most complicated technologies in Olympic history to maximize the visual and sensory impact on the audience," said Yu Jianping, technical team leader for the opening.

To see just how magnificent the show was, check out my slideshow. And be sure to catch all the highlights and video footage from the games online!

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