Tokyo - Toyota is readying various robots for next year's Tokyo Olympics, including one that brings back javelins and other objects, a screen-on-wheels designed for "virtual" attendance and those in the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots.
The mascot robots' eyes change to the images of stars and hearts. The engineer in charge, Tomohisa Moridaira, suggested various possibilities, such as having the mascot robot hold the Olympic torch using magnets.
Another robot, T-TR1, is a moving human-size display designed to represent people who can't be there.
Toyota has also upped its game with a hi-tech way to fetch javelins and hammers: pint-sized, self-driving A.I. robot cars.
The next-generation field support robot is a miniature shuttle bus-shaped contraption based on its "e-Palette" ride-sharing vehicle under development, to be used at the Tokyo Games.