Tokyo 2020 Games Innovative Initiatives

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In line with the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision of staging the most innovative Games in history and bringing positive legacy to future generations, a variety of new initiatives are being undertaken by Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020 Robot Project

The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project aims to provide assistance to spectators during the Games and also promote the widespread use of robots in society as part of the Games legacy.

Project Outline

Objective of the Robot Project

  • While the Tokyo 2020 Games capture the world’s attention, we will promote robots for social good
  • Demonstrate a positive future for the world by promoting widespread social use of robotic technologies

Participants

Robotic industry experts, the National Government of Japan (Cabinet Secretariat, MEXT, METI), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo 2020 Partners (Panasonic, Toyota), Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

Schedule

Mar. 2019 Unveiling of the Olympic and Paralympic Tokyo 2020 Robots

July 2019 Launching of additional plans

Summer 2021 Implementation of Games-related projects with robots

Robot Project List

Support for wheelchair users with Human Support Robots

  • Service: Offering stress-free entry/exit and viewing support for wheelchair users by assisting with the delivery of water and guidance to seats
  • Event: Track and Field (Olympics and Paralympics)
  • Robots: Human Support Robot (Toyota Motor Corporation)

Operational support by power-assist suits

  • To help operations staff during Games-time, power-assist suits will be available for the loading/unloading and delivery of heavy boxes (food and beverages), transporting bags of waste and loading/unloading of luggage on buses, etc.
  • Locations: Competition venues, Games-related facilities, etc.
  • Scheduled number: 20 units
  • Type of robot: Power-assist suits (ATOUN MODEL Y ) produced by Panasonic Corporation
power-assist suits
power-assist suits

Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type Robots

  • The Miraitowa Robot and Someity Robot will welcome athletes and spectators at Games venues and other Games-related locations with human-like movements, such as bowing and waving, and with a variety of facial expressions to greet guests. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Toyota are additionally discussing a number of ways for the robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games.

FSR: Field Support Robot

  • The FSR Field Event Support Robot is equipped with autonomous functions which will allow it to assist at throwing events at the Olympic Stadium. The robots will determine the optimal path to follow when retrieving items such as hammers or javelins thrown by athletes, while guiding staff along paths to avoid obstacles. It will help reduce the amount of time needed to retrieve items and the amount of human support required at events. Toyota and Tokyo 2020 will be working with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Tokyo 2020 5G PROJECT

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce that in cooperation with Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO, Inc., it will showcase innovative sports viewing experiences deploying the very latest 5G technology at three competition venues during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

These brand-new sports viewing experiences will allow spectators to enjoy events in hitherto unimaginable ways. These will include broadcasts of ultra-high resolution videos and simultaneous multipoint videos leveraging the high-speed and capacity offered by 5G technology, as well as an AR experience that takes advantage of 5G’s low latency. These facilities will be at the respective venues for sailing, swimming and golf. These unique offerings are the result of support by NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association, and technology provided by Intel Corporation, NTT and NTT DOCOMO.

5G x Ultra-Realistic Communication Technology at sailing venue

Installation Period: Sunday 25 July - Wednesday 4 August

Place: Spectators area at sailing venue (Enoshima Yacht Harbor)

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT

Spectators at sailing events have traditionally watched from nearby piers, often using binoculars. However, at the Tokyo 2020 Games, they will experience the events as if watching from the VIP seats on a cruise ship, or even closer. Using ultra-realistic communication technology, 12K resolution video will be broadcast on a 50m screen floating on the water of the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, giving spectators the sensation of the races being held right in front of their eyes. A similar broadcast will be provided simultaneously at the Big Sight in Tokyo, the location of the Tokyo 2020 Main Press Centre, aimed at providing the media with a more realistic viewing experience.

5G x AR at swimming venue

Installation Period: Sunday 25 July - Tuesday 27 July, Friday 27 August – Sunday 29 August

Place: Specific seats at swimming venue (Tokyo Aquatics Centre)

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO

Spectators in specific seats at swimming competitions will be provided with wearable AR devices which will display detailed race information during events. Using ultra-fast 5G technology, data will be transmitted swiftly to the AR devices and spectators will be offered the brand new experience of watching swimming competitions amid the excitement of the live venue while being offered detailed event information in real time.

5G x Multi-live broadcast at golf venue

Installation Period: Saturday 31 July - Sunday 1 August, Friday 6 August – Saturday 7 August

Place: Specific area at golf venue (Kasumigaseki Country Club)

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO

Fans of golf have different preferences when it comes to watching events at the course. Some like to watch from a fixed spot, while others prefer to follow their favourite players around the course. To meet these different needs, Tokyo 2020 will provide a variety of innovative viewing experiences. Taking advantage of 5G's high-speed large-capacity and low-latency technology, spectators at Tokyo 2020 golf events will be able to individually select and watch live videos of the action at multiple locations on rental devices provided by the organiser.