The Olympics unveiled that the newest feature coming to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won’t be a new sport but new technology to provide fans the ultimate experience. And of course — it’s robots!
The Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot, developed by Toyota Motor Corporation, will provide spectators great comfort while they enjoy the games. The Olympics urges that the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will ensure that these games are the most innovative ever, providing fans with an experience they won’t forget.
The robots will provide assistance to spectators in wheelchairs at the Olympic Stadium by carrying food and other goods, guiding people to their seats, and providing event information, according to a release from the official Olympic website.
“Other robots will perform a number of additional duties during the games, details of which will be announced later,” the release stated. “Overall, robot technology will help deliver safer and smoother games, and while the robots will be deployed only in specific roles during the games, the project is expected to showcase their potential for wider application in everyday life.”
Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, said the Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology.
“This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but also about showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people,” Hirukawa said. “So there will be not only sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but also some cool robots at work to look forward to as well.”
The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project brings together experts in the field of robotics, and is supported by Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry; the Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Panasonic Corporation; Toyota Motor Corporation; and Tokyo 2020.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will also feature several other technological advances to ensure that visitors can get around while enjoying the games. A feature touted by the organizing committee includes instant language translation. There will be more than 206 National Olympic Committees that send athletes to Tokyo in 2020, and Japan wants to welcome them with innovate tech to help them get around. Panasonic is currently working on a small device worn around the neck to help translate Japanese into 10 languages instantly. The games will also feature autonomous taxis to help get athletes and tourist to the stadiums, according to Futurism.
Source: olympic.org, Futurism