New robots unveiled to aid Tokyo 2020 spectators

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Photo taken on July 22, 2019 shows the Tokyo 2020 mascot robots during the Tokyo 2020 mascot robots unveiling event in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo 2020 Mascot-type robots will welcome athletes and guests at Games venues and other Games-related locations with human-like movements. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)

TOKYO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Monday unveiled four new robots which will be deployed to assist spectators, athletes and officials at competition venues and to relay sound, images and physical feedback from venues to staff watching remotely.

Additionally, Tokyo 2020 and Toyota are discussing a number of ways for the Mascot robots to make it easier and more enjoyable for children to experience the Games, according to the organizers.

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 also with a variety of facial expressions.

Cameras installed on the robots' foreheads will allow them to recognize people nearby and react to them.

The new models include Tokyo 2020 Mascot-branded robots Miraitowa and Someity, which were developed by the Toyota Motor Corporation.