Tokyo 2020 unveils TOP robots that will participate in games experience
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for next year’s Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, today announced the launch of its new Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, which aims to help spectators enjoy the games while assisting in the delivery of services to the event.
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 Economy, Trade and Industry, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Panasonic Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Tokyo 2020.
Robots that will participate in the games experience include the Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot developed by Toyota Motor Corporation which Tokyo 2020 said will allow all spectators to enjoy watching the Tokyo 2020 Games in greater comfort. 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.
Meanwhile, Power Assist Suits developed by Panasonic Corporation will be utilised in the backstage areas of venues and at the Olympic and Paralympic Villages to unload and transport heavy objects, including food and drinks, and for waste disposal, easing human workloads and providing a healthier and safer working environment. The suits will also be deployed at airports loading incoming athletes’ luggage onto buses.”
Both Toyota and Panasonic are top-tier International Olympic Committee ‘TOP’ sponsors.
Tokyo 2020 said: “Other robots will perform a number of additional duties during the games, details of which will be announced later. Overall, robot technology will help deliver a 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.”