Tokyo 2020 Robot Project brings to life Tokyo 2020’s Games Vision of “holding the most innovative Games in history and bringing positive reform to the world”.
Last week, the Tokyo 2020 mascot-type robots paid a visit to Hoyo-no-mori School in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward along with Tokyo 2020 representatives to demonstrate the new features of the robot.
The mascot-type robots were jointly developed by Tokyo 2020 and Toyota Motors Corporation, who provided technical support to the project. The robots can demonstrate sports competition movements and can also recognise words and facial expressions. They can also respond and showcase Japanese-style hospitality or omotenashi skills, which were demonstrated for the first time in public.
The mascot-type robots also showed their skills in rugby and wheelchair basketball. They played a quiz with the children, who tried to guess the sport from the actions of the robots.
Using their voice recognition ability, the robots responded when their names were called or when the children said ‘hello’, both in Japanese and in English. The robots received a round of applause every time they responded correctly.
“The robots not only understood words but they also picked up on facial expressions. That was amazing. It seemed like they really understood us”, the students said.
At the end of the event, the mascot-type robots lined up at the exit and waved goodbye to all the children. The children also waved back and shouted, ‘Kawaii!’ (The Japanese word for ‘cute’) as they passed by the robots and saw them up close.
Tokyo 2020 / Shugo TAKEMI
These mascot-type robots will greet the athletes and spectators at Games-related venues during the Games and will provide support remotely to those who cannot attend the Games in person. More details about the mascot-type robots and their roles will be provided in due course. Watch out for updates on the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project”.