Student's idea for app that pulls up athlete profiles on demand gets nod from Tokyo organizers

The Japan Times 

An student's idea for making a facial-recognition app for smartphones that can provide speedy access to the profiles of Olympic athletes who appear on TV has drawn interest from the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, which hopes it can meet the changing needs of modern sports fans. The committee picked the idea proposed by Eisuke Sugitani, a 20-year-old junior at Doshisha University in Kyoto, as the best in a student idea contest for new media aimed at improving the public's experience with the quadrennial sporting event. If someone wants to know more about a particular athlete when watching the Olympics and Paralympics on TV, it will be difficult to find that person on the internet without first knowing the athlete's name. Sugitani came up with the idea for the app while thinking about how to familiarize Japanese television viewers with the thousands of foreign athletes who participate in the games. The problem must be the same for foreign fans watching Japanese athletes, he said.