Robots Will Help Spectators at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

IEEE Spectrum

The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project promises an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games. But will they be more than a novelty?

Last week, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizing committee announced the launch of the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project.” The project will involve the deployment of an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games, but so far, we’ve just seen specific details about two: Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR) and Delivery Support Robot (DSR). These robots are supposed to be part of a “practical real-life deployment helping people,” and the idea is that HSR and DSR will work together to assist disabled visitors, showing them to their seats and fetching food or other items that can be ordered with a tablet.

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