We Now Know What The Robots In The 2020 Olympics Will Do

Through a statement, the organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games has presented the new Tokyo 2020 Robot Project. It is made up of experts in the field of robotics, and is supported by the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Japan, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Industry, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and several private companies.

During the presentation some of the tasks that the robots will carry out were mentioned. They will carry screens in their “body” so that nobody misses the events, wherever they are.

They will also guarantee that all the spectators enjoy the experience, providing assistance to the spectators in wheelchairs: they will be placed in the stadiums, they will carry their backpacks, they will be informed about the program and they will even receive food and/or drink.

They will also be at the airports, helping to lift heavy suitcases and guiding newcomers, whether tourists or athletes.

“The Tokyo 2020 Games,” explained Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, in the statement, “are a unique opportunity to showcase Japanese robot technology. This project will not consist simply of exhibiting robots, but of showing their practical deployment in real life to help people. So not only will there be sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but also some incredible robots. ”

But there is more. They have developed an application called VoiceTra, capable of translating between 31 spoken languages. For those who do not have a mobile connection, there will be devices, the size of a credit card, that will be worn around the neck and will also act as oral translators, although “only” in 10 languages.

Another advance will be robotic taxis, autonomous cars that have already begun to operate in a controlled manner in Tokyo to prepare for the transfer of tourists and athletes from hotels to stadiums.

Aware of the effect of pollution caused by the arrival of so many tourists and the carbon footprint that will produce so many flights, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, together with universities in the country and several government agencies, have launched a project to use algae as fuel for airplane.

The opening ceremony, one of the milestones of the Olympic Games, also aims to be unique: there will be a shower of (artificial) meteorites developed by the ALE company and the collaboration of the Japanese space agency.

Finally, there is the train. If in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Japan presented the first bullet trains, it will now take a similar leap by inaugurating one that is capable of exceeding 600 km / h.

John Phillips

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