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  • New Robots Unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Games


    07/22/19

    Mascot robots and other models will welcome athletes and spectators, provide operational support
    at venues and facilitate remote participation in the Games

    Tokyo, 22 July, 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo
    2020) today unveiled four new futuristic robots which will be deployed to assist spectators, athletes and
    officials at competition venues and to relay sound, images and physical feedback from venues to those
    watching remotely. The Tokyo 2020 Robot project aims to ensure the Tokyo 2020 Games will be the most
    innovative ever, with the new robots expected to provide visiting fans and those watching remotely with an
    experience they are unlikely to forget.

    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.

    The new models include attractive Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type robots – Miraitowa and Someity –
    developed by Toyota Motor Corporation, an industry
    expert in the field of robot technology who are
    providing support for the project. Tokyo 2020 Mascottype robots will welcome athletes and guests at
    Games venues and other Games-related locations
    with human-like movements such as shaking hands
    and waving, and with a variety of facial expressions.
    Cameras mounted on the robots’ foreheads will allow them to recognise when people are nearby and to
    react to them. 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.

    Another model—the T-HR3 Humanoid robot— will transmit sounds and images from Games locations to
    partner robots at remote locations. Tokyo 2020 is also considering to have them mirror each other’s physical
    movements; this will allow those at remote locations who interact with the T-HR3 Humanoid robots to feel
    as if they are physically present at Games-related locations.
    A third model— the T-TR1 robot— is a virtual mobility robot developed by Toyota Research Institute in the
    United States. It will be equipped with a camera atop a large, almost life-size 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. The T-TR1 robot will give people that 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.
    Completing the robot line-up will be the Field Support Robot (FSR), which will be equipped with automatic
    driving functionality that 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. Tokyo 2020 and Toyota will be
    working with the International Association of Athletics Federations in developing the FSR for the Tokyo
    2020 Games.
    Other new robots being deployed as part of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project will be announced in due course.
    T-HR3 Humanoid robot T-TR1 robot Field Support robot

    You can find additional details of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project and the robots themselves from our website
    at https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/vision/innovation/
    Note: some aspects of these robots’ designs may be changed

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