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    Ar eyou watching Olympics Opening Ceremony? Largest LED screen in world!


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    Are you watching Olympics Opening Ceremony? The got the largest LED screen in world unfolded like a scroll on the floor! I think they said it was 300 feet long, and it's awesome! No wonder LED prices are sku high, that's where all the demand went. The show keeps getting better, thousands of dancers coming out with LEDs all over them. What a colorful display.

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    Ok I got the numbers on the LED floor screen they are using. It's much bigger than I thought:

    480x70: Full dimensions, in feet, of the LED screen laid at the center of the stadium. For perspective, the LED screen above Times Square in New York City measures 50x50.

    Here's some other info I found:

    80,000: Number of different channels adopted in the lighting control system.

    15,153: Sets of costumes in 47 styles used during the Opening Ceremony production.

    11,456: Number of fireworks set off from the top of the Bird's Nest.

    10,500: Total electricity load, in kilowatts, during the Opening Ceremony.

    10,000: Meters of optical fiber and cable used in the Opening Ceremony.

    8,428: Number of fireworks set off from the central area of the Bird's Nest.

    2008: Members of the Fou drum band and number of Taiji performers.

    2,583: Total number of special lights used in the Opening Ceremony.

    1,000: Performers that build a bird's nest toward which the kite flies through the sky during the starlight exhibition.

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    Ok, I got more info on that LED screen on the floor of the stadium:

    LED SCREEN ON THE GROUND

    A 147 by 22 meters LED screen is laid at the center. Approximately 44,000 colorful LED beads are embedded with a distance of 600 millimeters between each two.

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    Forget the giant TV, I want those dancers in the LED outfits to come to my lights-on event ;)

    There was nothing about that ceremony (except, as I mentioned in another thread, the parade of nations) that wasn't spectacular.

    -Tim

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    ok so i was swayed (by the wife and son) that the olympics are about the participants and not the host. i watched it! it was good. as good as all the folks on tv say?? NO. but the lights were amazing!! and that was my focus!!

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    ok so i was swayed (by the wife and son) that the olympics are about the participants and not the host.

    I thought it was about the advertisers?

    Seriously - does anybody watch ANY of these sports if it's not "Olympic season?"

    (That's a rhetorical question - you don't need to asnwer it.) ;)

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    Seriously - does anybody watch ANY of these sports if it's not "Olympic season?"

    Nope. But it's kind of fun to see them once every 4 years.

    Heck, I barely watch football except for the super bowl... Call me a bandwagon fan ;)

    -Tim

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    They did an amazing job and in the process sent the world a message. Look what can be done with unlimited resources, cash and people. While the show was incredible, just imagine what $300M would have done for the country. China still has it's problems, and it will be interesting to see what else happens during the next 2 weeks.

    As for the sports, I am a sport fan, but you won't see me flipping through the TV Guide for the World Pentathalon prelims.

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    I've been watching this since it came on tonight and just a few minute ago stepped away. SIMPLY AMAZING!!! Once again shows how far behind the Chinese we are.......:D

    Yep, it's amazing what you can do with millions of people working for $5.38 per day. They probably got that floor installed for $249.95 not counting the free political prisoner and PLA labor.

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