New Robots Unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Games

Futuristic robots will welcome athletes and spectators to the Games whilst providing support at venues and remote participation access

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 be deployed to welcome spectators and athletes at competition venues to relay the Games to those watching remotely, giving everyone an unforgettable and hi-tech Tokyo 2020 experience.

Meet the four robots

Mascot-type robots

Miraitowa and Someity mascot-type robots

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

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

Miraitowa mascot-type robot

Tokyo 2020 and Toyota are additionally discussing a number of ways for the Mascot robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.

T-HR3 Humanoid robot

T-HR3 Humanoid robot

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

T-HR3 Humanoid robot will also transmit sounds and images from Games locations to partner robots which are based elsewhere.

Tokyo 2020 is also considering to have them mirror each other's physical movements; this will allow spectators and visitors at remote locations who interact with the T-HR3 Humanoid robots to feel as part of the Games

T-TR1-robot

T-TR1-robot

The T-TR1 robot is a virtual mobility robot and equipped with a camera atop a large and almost life-size display.

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

The T-TR1 robot is a virtual mobility robot and equipped with a camera atop a large and almost life-size display.

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

Field Support Robot (FSR)

Field Support Robot (FSR)

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

These robots 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 amount of time needed to retrieve items as well as reduce the amount of human support required at events.

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

The robot project will help realise one of Tokyo 2020's core visions -- "Unity in Diversity" -- aiming to foster a welcoming environment for all athletes, visitors and those unable to attend venues who want to experience the Games remotely at other locations in Japan.

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