First used on cars, the technology is coaching swimmers to the perfect thrust technique

BMW’s vehicle-to-athlete technology transfer program has created a tool that help Olympic swimmers improve their crucial first kicks underwater. The tool uses underwater cameras, LED lights and powerful software to discover the magical formula that turns the dolphin swim into Olympic gold.

The project began at the 2012 London Olympics and it’s meant to keep going on. Designed to measure and archive the best dolphin kicks, it lets coaches figure out every single detail that makes a swim great. Dolphin kicks are underwater, high-speed sprints allowed only in the first 15 meters of a race and if executed well, can give athletes the winning lead in the water.

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