Innovative Initiatives for the Tokyo 2020 Games
In line with the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision of holding the most innovative Games in history and bringing positive reform to the world, a variety of new initiatives are being conducted.
Below are some of the specific initiatives.
Tokyo 2020 Robot Project
The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project aims to provide support to Games spectators in a variety of situations, and promote widespread social use of robots created for the Games.
Objective of the Robot Project
- While the Tokyo 2020 Games capture the world’s attention, we will promote robots for social good
- Demonstrate a positive future for the world by promoting widespread social use of robotic technologies
Robotic industry experts, the National Government of Japan (Cabinet Secretariat, MEXT, METI), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 Partners (Panasonic, Toyota), Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
- Mar. 2019
- Unveiling of the Olympic and Paralympic Tokyo 2020 Robots
- July 2019
- Launching of additional plans
- Mar. 2020
- Implementation of Games-related projects with robots
Robot Project List
Support for wheelchair users with Human Support Robots
- Service: Offering stress-free entry/exit and viewing support for wheelchair users by assisting in the delivery of goods and guidance to seats (TBD)
- Event/number of seats: Track and Field (Olympics and Paralympics) 16 pairs = 32 seats (TBD)
- Robots: Human Support Robot, Delivery Support Robot (Toyota Motor Corporation)
Operational support by power-assist suits
- In order to reduce the burden on the operations staff during the Games period, power-assist suits can be used for loading/unloading and delivery of heavy boxes full of food and beverages, transporting bags of waste and loading/unloading luggage onto buses, etc.
- Locations: Competition venues, Games-related facilities, etc.
- Scheduled number: 20 units (TBC)
- Type of robot: Power-assist suits (ATOUN MODEL Y) produced by Panasonic Corporation
Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type Robots
- The Miraitowa Robot and Someity Robot will welcome athletes and spectators at Games venues and other Games-related locations with human-like movements such as bowing and waving, and with a variety of facial expressions. Cameras mounted on the robots’ foreheads will allow them to recognise people nearby and to react to them, as well as to transmit images to remotely located robots. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Toyota are additionally discussing a number of ways for the robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.
T-HR3: Humanoid Robot
- The T-HR3 Humanoid Robot will receive images and sounds transmitted from events by the Mascot-type Robots, and will mirror their physical movements, for example by feeding back sensations such as a hand grip when a Mascot-type Robot shakes hands with or high-fives an athlete. This will allow those at remote locations who interact with the Humanoid Robots to feel as if they are physically present at venues.
T-TR1: Remote location communication Robot
- T-TR1 is a virtual mobility robot developed by the Toyota Research Institute in the United States. It is equipped with a 360-degree camera atop a large, vertical convex, or circular, display. By projecting an image of a user from a remote location, the robot will help that person feel more physically present at the robot’s location, typically a sports venue. The Tele-presence Robot will give people that are physically unable to be present at the Games a chance to virtually attend, with an on-screen facility allowing conversations between the two locations.
FSR: Field Support Robot
- The FSR Field Event Support Robot is equipped with autonomous functions which will allow it to assist at throwing events at the Olympic Stadium. The robots will determine the optimal path to follow when retrieving items such as hammers or javelins thrown by athletes, guiding staff along paths that avoid obstacles. It will help reduce the amount of time needed to retrieve items as well as reduce the amount of human support required at events. Toyota and Tokyo 2020 will be working with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)