Panasonic is taking part in the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project,” which is being spearheaded by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in collaboration with robot experts
Panasonic Corporation has provided the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) with its robots that automate tasks otherwise performed manually or assist people in carrying out their tasks. There are three other types of Panasonic’s robots in action behind the scene. The robot vacuum cleaner development model automatically cleans the floors in one of the Tokyo 2020 venues, the Power Assist Suits “ATOUN HIMICO” help volunteers and staff walk for long hours during the Games, and the “ATOUN MODEL Y + kote” with an arm assist function added to the “ATOUN MODEL Y” supports transportation of athletic equipment.
“As announced on March 15, 2019, the Power Assist Suits “ATOUN MODEL Y” have been provided to Tokyo 2020 to help lighten strain posed on the wearers’ lower back while loading and unloading athletes’ luggage and equipment,” read an official note released by Panasonic.
Equipped with cameras and LiDAR, the robots, as per Pansonic, automatically recognize their surroundings such as people, walls, and obstacles with high accuracy, to safely clean the floors from corner to corner without the need to prepare the area beforehand. “Secondly, the Power Assist Suits “ATOUN HIMICO” help lighten the fatigue of the competition staff by detecting walking motion with sensors and helping them lift and lower their legs while walking, with wires connecting the motor at the waist and supporters of both knees. This helps reduce fatigue of the staff who move around on foot for long hours,” notes Panasonic.
Panasonic is taking part in the “Tokyo 2020 Robot Project,” which is being spearheaded by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in collaboration with robot experts, the national government (Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and partners of the Games. Panasonic will help stage an Olympic and Paralympic Games by providing leading-edge, people-friendly robots.