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Japan uses robotic assistant for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have revealed two robots and a robot chassis will be deployed to help workers and attendees.

When the Olympics came to London in 2012, the organizers relied on an army of volunteers to help sports teams, supporters and the press. But during the Olympics coming to Tokyo in 2020, people will be getting robots to undertake some of the same tasks of human volunteers.

Recently, the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have revealed two robots and a robot chassis will be deployed to help workers and attendees of these two sporting events.

Two robots, manufactured by Toyota, will guide people to their seats, provide information and bring food and drinks. It’s a human-assisted robot (HSR), which has a built-in arm to pick up trays and baskets, and a delivery-assistance robot (DSR), which looks like a portable trash can but can also carry items around.

Sixteen robots will be deployed at venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and organizers hope they will be particularly useful for users with disabilities.

Toyota said it expects these robots to be sold to the public by 2030. In recent years, the Japanese automaker has invested more resources into robot technology, aiming to expand its supply business solutions in Japan.

In addition to the robots above, the robot chassis called Power Assistant Suit manufactured by Panasonic will also be used. The framework will be worn by workers to help them lift and move heavy objects and luggage.

“We want a society where people can work without regard for gender differences or age differences”, said Panasonic General Manager Yoshifumi Uchida.

Olympic is often an opportunity for host countries to show cultural or technological achievements. And indeed, when Japan hosted the 1964 Olympics, it launched its iconic Shinkansen bullet train. The 1964 Olympics were also considered a turning point for Japan when it transformed from a country recovering from the devastation of World War II to a developed country.