Historically, Japan was known for its technological advancements and innovations. More recently, Japan has received international recognition for its quality and reliability, and the products and services it offers.
The 2020 Olympic Games will present the perfect opportunity for Japanese companies to demonstrate their value and innovative lead. As a matter of fact, Japan aims to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games the most innovative sporting event to date.
The Olympic Games will use forefront technology and will bring unparalleled coverage to its audience. Last time Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games in 1964, it introduced a big innovation to the transport industry: the bullet train, or shinkansen, which became one of Japan’s icons. Thus, they are expected to deliver technological innovations for the next games as well, including the following:
- An advanced facial recognition system : This will be introduced during the games to identify athletes, staff, officials and media members, with the aim of greatly improving security matters.
- A Robot Village : Being a worldwide leader in robotics, Japan plans to use robots with the aim of assisting visitors at airports and other tourist locations throughout the city of Tokyo. Moreover, robots will also be put to use to assist visitors during the opening ceremony. With instant language translations, they will be able to provide directions, carry luggage, and escort tourists to different locations across the city. From hotels, to airports, to shops, Tokyo will see robots and human coexist during the entire length of the Summer Olympics.
- Self-driving Taxis : There are rumors that the Japanese tech company DeNA, which has partnered up with ZMP, has been developing autonomous vehicles for the last ten years, plans to introduce self-driving taxis in Tokyo just in time for the Olympic Games.
- A drone-based surveillance system : This will be used to reduce the workload on human guards. As security is a delicate matter for the Olympic Games, the introduction of such tools will guarantee athletes, staff members, and the public a highly safe environment.
- A man-made meteor shower : Currently, there are many talks about the opening ceremony. One idea comes from ALE Co. Ltd., a Japanese start-up, which is planning to create a man-made meteor shower by launching a series of micro satellites, releasing more than five thousand pellets which will circle the earth before burning up.
- The world’s first drone-based, 5G-enabled live streaming system : NTT Docomo announced the development of the world’s first drone-based, 5G-enabled live streaming system able to show live events in 360-degree 8K virtual reality. NHK has also come up with a R&D plan for the next two years focusing on future technologies, including three-dimensional sound and holography. Intel Corporation aims to cover Tokyo in 5G, turning it into a “smart city” by increasing video streams.Whether all of these predictions will come to life or not, one thing is to be expected: Considering Tokyo’s status of tech hub, a lot of innovative technology will be put to use during the 2020 Summer Olympics.