Mascot robots will welcome athletes and spectators to Games24 Jul 2019
A robot Someity will welcome athletes and spectators to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
ⒸTokyo 2020 / Toyota Motor Corporation
By Tokyo 2020
Four new futuristic robots have been unveiled by the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The robots will be deployed to assist spectators, athletes and officials at competition venues and to relay sound, images and physical feedback from venues to those watching remotely.
The Tokyo 2020 Robot project aims to ensure the Tokyo 2020 Games will be the most innovative ever, with the new robots expected to provide visiting fans and those watching remotely with an experience they are unlikely to forget.
The robot project will help realise one of Tokyo 2020’s core visions – “Unity in Diversity” – aiming to foster a welcoming environment for all athletes, visitors and those unable to attend venues who want to experience the Games remotely at other locations in Japan.
The new models include attractive Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type robots – Miraitowa and Someity – developed by Toyota Motor Corporation, an industry expert in the field of robot technology who are providing support for the project.
Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type robots will welcome athletes and guests at Games venues and other Games-related locations with human-like movements such as shaking hands and waving, and with a variety of facial expressions.
Cameras mounted on the robots’ foreheads will allow them to recognise when people are nearby and to react to them. Tokyo 2020 and Toyota are additionally discussing a number of ways for the Mascot robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.