The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics unveiled two robots on Monday, July 22nd. Called Miraitowa and Someity, they will be deployed to do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins, as Tokyo works to showcase Japanese technology at next year's Summer Games, according to AFP.
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor, is preparing various robots with different roles to play, from cutesy renditions of the Olympic mascots to a staid transport bot for next year's Tokyo Olympics.
The toddler-sized version robots are blue- or pink-checked, with huge eyes and pointy ears. The mascot robots have multiple joints and arms which can be remotely controlled.
While the pint-sized pair can't move or talk, a camera inside their heads helps them interact with spectators and athletes, said Tomohisa Moiradaira, an official responsible for Tokyo 2020 robot development at Toyota.
The mascot's "feelings" are reflected in its eyes. They can display hearts or stars depending on emotions. Additionally, these robots are designed to help people in wheelchairs or deliver food to spectators.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place from July 24th to August 9th and the Paralympic Games between August 25th and September 6th.