When the Olympics came to London in 2012, the organizers relied on a legion of unpaid volunteers to herd the crowds and help them find their way. But when the games come to Tokyo in 2020, it’ll be robots taking on some of those same duties. Today, the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics unveiled two robots and a powered exoskeleton that will be deployed to help workers and attendees at the games. The robots, made by Toyota, will direct people to their seats, provide information, and carry food and drink. There’s the Human Support Robot (HSR), which has a built-in arm for picking up trays and baskets, and the Delivery Support Robot (DSR), which looks more like a mobile waste bin but can also ferry items around. Sixteen robots will be deployed at Tokyo 2020 venues, and the organizers hope they’ll be particularly helpful for wheelchair users. NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images NurPhoto via Getty Images “We have been looking at how we can support the daily lives of people, and how we can develop robots that can partner with daily life,” Toyota general manager Minoru Yamauchi told The Associated Press. “In the Tokyo Olympics, there will be many guests in wheelchairs and we would like them enjoy the games without worrying about their mobility.” Toyota said it hopes these robots would be on… [Read full story]
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