Tokyo airport to be scattered with robots for 2020 Olympics

Updated: Dec 13, 2017, 11:02 IST | AFP

Visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can expect to arrive at an airport "scattered" with robots to help them, an official said yesterday as he unveiled seven new machines to perform tasks from helping with luggage to language assistance.

Visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can expect to arrive at an airport "scattered" with robots to help them, an official said yesterday as he unveiled seven new machines to perform tasks from helping with luggage to language assistance.

Among the seven robots on show was a fluffy cat mascot that can carry out simultaneous interpretation in four different languages. Visitors speak into a furry microphone, and translations appear on a smart screen.

Travellers may also be approached by a small white humanoid robot, Cinnamon, asking if they need its help. Yutaka Kuratomi, a representative from the Japan Airport Terminal, hopes that by 2020, the terminals will be "scattered with robots", and it will be "normal" to see visitors communicating with machines.

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