TOKYO: Those planning on attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can look forward to receiving luggage and language assistance from robots “scattered” around Haneda Airport.
According to Yutaka Kuratomi, a representative from the Japan Airport Terminal, seven new robots have been designed to perform useful tasks at the airport.
One of the robots is a fluffy cat mascot that translates what visitors are saying into various languages. Visitors can speak into a microphone attached to the robot and translations automatically appear on a screen.
In addition, a small white humanoid robot named Cinnamon will be moving around the airport asking travelers if they need assistance and providing them with directions.
Another robot will carry travelers’ luggage through the premises.
“We want foreign tourists to think that the Japanese people are cool when they come here,” Kuratomi told, implying that Japan is looking forward to revealing its advanced robot technology to the world.
The robots will undergo trials at Haneda for a whole month starting January 9, 2018.
This is not the first time that Japan has used robots for other functions.