New Delhi, August 11 : The opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing was a roaring success with huge LED screens, eye-catching lighting systems and multimedia video shows, all thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology.
At the helm of affairs was Yu Jianping, director of the technology group for the opening ceremony, who led a 500-strong team of experts.
From the elevated platform to the video system, the creation team worked hard to ensure that the whole ceremony went without a hitch.
"The technology used at the Games' opening ceremony was some of the most complicated in history," said Yu. "One of the features of the ceremony was its perfect combination of advanced technology and great originality," he added.
At the event, a 147 m by 22 m LED screen, one of the biggest in the world, was laid at the center of the stadium.
There was also a 36-m long by 30-m wide structure, with a total of 11 separate elevated platforms.
"Since all of the facilities were completed on June 10, we had only two months to tackle any problems," Yu, who is also the deputy designer of Shenzhou VII, China's third manned spacecraft, said.
On Yu's initiative, modern technology was introduced to many aspects of the ceremony.
Apart from the huge LED screen and elevated platform, the globe that rose up at the end of the performance was another highlight.
With a diameter of 18 m, the globe weighs around 16 tons and can be raised to a height of 24 m. A total of 58 actors performed at the globe, with half of them being upside down for part of the time.
"It was the first time such a huge globe was used in China," said Yu. "The material on its surface was a kind of flexible aluminum," he added.
Their other creations included the huge scroll, 20 mm thick and weighing around 800 g, and the digital direction and control system.