Tokyo 2020’s Organising Committee has unveiled the first Tokyo 2020 Robot Project helpers.
These high tech robots will be tasked with assisting spectators in wheelchairs during the 2020 games.
The Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology […] This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people. So there will be not only sporting at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but some cool robots at work to look forward to as well. Tokyo 2020 Robot Project’s Hirohisa Hirukawa
The machines have been developed as part of the ‘Tokyo 2020 Robot Project’. The scheme is one of many programmes aimed which the Organising Committee hope will mark the Games as on of the most innovative ever and provide visiting fans with an experience they are unlikely to forget.
The bots – known as Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot – have been developed by Toyota Motor Corporation.
They are tasked with carrying food and other items to spectators at the Olympic Stadium; guiding people to their seats; and providing info about the events.
The Delivery Support Robot (DSR) will work with the HSR tp transport items to a drop off zone. The HSR can then grab them and take them to people.
The Human Support Robot (HSR) was unveiled in 2012. The machine has tablet user interface, and an arm/gripper combo for pick and place tasks.
The Japan Times has reported that 16 HSRs and 10 DSRs will be deployed during the Games.