Robots to aid spectators at Tokyo 2020

Robots to aid spectators at Tokyo 2020
A wheelchair user demonstrates how the specially designed robots will work.
London, Mar 20 (Agencies/IANS) | Publish Date: 3/20/2019 12:49:07 PM IST

Sporting events rely on having an army of volunteers to help them run smoothly but Tokyo 2020 will be a little different - robots will be helping out.

The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project will assist wheelchair users at the Olympic Stadium with robots carrying food and drink and providing event information.

Power assisted suits will also be used at venues and athlete villages.

The suits are designed to ease human workload and will be used to move heavy objects and for waste disposal.

“This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people,” Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the project said.

“So there will be not only sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but some cool robots at work to look forward to as well.”

Yes, but in a more limited capacity. At Rio 2016, specialist robotic cameras captured still images above athletes in the badminton competition, while a robot was on display at the Paralympic opening ceremony.

Robots are also used to retrieve apparatus such as javelins and shot puts during field events, while robotic sensors are used in NHL ice hockey games.

In 2012 there was also ‘RoboWorld Cup’ competition in Bristol to coincide with the London Olympics, taking part in events such as football, basketball and weightlifting.

Tokyo 2020 

Olympic relay torch design unveiled 

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers, here on Wednesday, unveiled the design of its relay torch, inspired by Japan’s cherry blossoms.

The organising committee presented the design of the torch at an event, exactly a year before it begins its relay through Japan, coinciding with the blooming of the country’s famous cherry blossoms, reports Efe news.

The 710-mm-long torch weighs 1.2 kilograms (2.65 pounds) and is partly made from recycled aluminium, originally used in temporary houses built for those affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The upper end of the torch, which will hold the flame, comprises a central column with five petal-shaped attachments inspired by the cherry blossom and reminiscent of the five Olympic rings.

It also fits with the motto -- ‘Hope Lights Our Way’ -- of the relay. The torch’s design and relay through Japan have been conceived with the idea of highlighting the message of hope for the regions that were worst affected by the 2011 catastrophe.

The Games will take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, while the Paralympics will be held from August 25 to September 6.


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