Tokyo Presents Robots for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Presents Robots for 2020 Olympics

With just a year to go, the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have unveiled a series of robots from the official mascots – called Miraitowa and Someity – to assistance and field support robots designed to provide assistance to both athletes and spectators.

Their aims are to realize the Tokyo Olympics as the most innovative Games and to showcase Japanese cutting-edge technology. There are humanlike robots, robo-translators, and self-driving vehicles. Some of them will help during the Games by guiding spectators to their seats or delivering refreshments they can order online. Equipped with cameras, the robots can recognize people’s faces and respond with expressions. The mascot robot’s “feelings” are reflected in its eyes: they can display hearts or stars depending on emotions.

The field support robot is intended to assist at throwing events by carrying thrown items such as javelins, discs or hammers. Its intelligence helps it to avoid obstacles as well as repetitive routes to minimize wear and tear on the grass. However, it is unable to pick up the objects on its own. Once the object is loaded by a human, the robot will return to its original position.

One of the models is designed to transmit sounds and images from Olympic venues to partner robots at remote locations. There are also robots to aid wheelchair users.

The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project will help to deliver one of the Game’s concepts – Unity in Diversity, since the organizers are making every effort to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all participants and visiting guests.

The Tokyo Olympic Games are set to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. In May, the Organizing Committee launched a lottery for the initial offering of Olympic Games tickets to residents of Japan with 3.22 million tickets sold in the first phase of ticket sales. The number of tickets sold surpassed the organizers’ initial expectations. To participate in the lottery, a total of 7, 5 million people had registered on the Tokyo 2020 Official Ticket Website. In August, the Committee is planning to hold an additional online ticket lottery for those who were unable to win any tickets in the initial draw. A further phase of ticket sales will commence in the autumn.

Preparations at all Tokyo 2020 Olympics venues and locations are right on schedule. The new stadium in Tokyo, which is to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, football and other Olympic events, is due for completion in November with nine other venues to be completed by February 2020.

Svetlana DAVIDOVICH