The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be one of the most innovative sporting events to date. Check out how the island country aims to capture the tech world’s attention.
Medals From Recycled Electronics
Tokyo 2020 will have its gold, silver, and bronze medals made from recycled electronics, including 6.21 million recycled cellphones, according to the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project. In the two years between April 2017 and March 2019, 100 per cent of the metals required to manufacture the approximately 5,000 medals have been extracted from small electronic devices that were contributed from people all over Japan.
Robots For Differently-Abled
Tokyo Olympic organisers have rolled out a pair of chatty robots to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games. Automaker Toyota will introduce its human support robot (HSR) and delivery support robots (DSR) that will act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks for differently-abled fans at the Olympics.
At track and field events, around 500 seats during the Olympic Games and another 500 for the Paralympic Games, the robots are expected to serve over 1,000 spectators requiring mobility assistance.
Electric Mobility Vehicle
As a part of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, automaker Toyota plans to deploy around 200 Accessible People Movers (APM). This battery-powered electric vehicle is designed to be the ‘last onemile’ solution to transport athletes, staff, and visitors to events and venues. It is also anticipated that part of the fleet of APMs will be used to support relief activities at events during the Olympics.