New robots unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Games

New Robots Unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Games
  • Futuristic robots will welcome athletes and spectators to the Games, while providing support at venues and allowing the public to participate remotely.
  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the most innovative Games ever with the introduction of four new futuristic robots.
  • The robots will welcome spectators and athletes at competition venues, while broadcast the Games to those watching remotely — giving everyone an unforgettable, hi-tech Tokyo 2020 experience.

Meet the four robots

Mascot-type robots

Miraitowa and Someity will wave, shake hands and greet athletes and guests at Games venues and other Games-related locations.

Developed by Toyota Motor Corporation, the mascot-type robots have a variety of facial expressions and cameras mounted on their foreheads, allowing them to recognise when people are nearby and react to them.

Additionally, Tokyo 2020 and Toyota are discussing ways for the mascot robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.

T-HR3 Humanoid robots

The T-HR3 Humanoid robots will bring the Games to those who aren't physically present in Games-related locations.

The robots will also transmit sounds and images from Games locations to partner robots based elsewhere.

Tokyo 2020 is also considering having them mirror each other's physical movements. This will allow spectators and visitors at remote locations to feel part of the Games when they interact with the T-HR3 Humanoid robots.

T-TR1-robot

T-TR1-robot
T-TR1-robot

The T-TR1 robot is a virtual mobility robot, equipped with a camera on top of an almost life-size display.

Developed in the US by Toyota Research Institute, the robot will give people who are physically unable to be present at Games-related locations the chance to attend virtually, with an on-screen facility allowing conversations between the two locations.

Field Support Robot (FSR)

The Field Support Robot (FSR) is equipped with an automatic driving system that will allow it to assist at throwing events in the Olympic Stadium.

The robot can self-navigate when retrieving items such as hammers or javelins thrown by athletes, guiding staff along paths that avoid obstacles.

It will help reduce the time needed to retrieve items and the amount of human support required at events.

Tokyo 2020 and Toyota will be working with the International Association of Athletics Federations to develop the FSR for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The robot project will help realise one of Tokyo 2020's core visions, "Unity in Diversity", fostering a welcoming environment for athletes, visitors and those who want to experience the Games remotely in locations across Japan.

Other new robots being deployed as part of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project will be announced in due course.