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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

A Technology-driven Experience: A Look back to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan made the Tokyo 2020 Olympics a valuable experience as it leveraged an array of technologies.

Japan is always known for being at the cutting-edge of technological advancement. Regardless of whether that be with the tech business, entertainment, or medical research, the Japanese are continually trying to develop new solutions. This was quite evident in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Japan made an extraordinary experience using technology.

In any case, with consistently growing competition from Silicon Valley and China, the Olympics was being viewed as a platform for the nation to go beyond discreetly driving the tech charge, to putting all that it has on the global stage.

In a gist – Self-driving cabs were used to shuffle guests between the airport and playing venues. Facial recognition accelerated security screenings for countless athletes and staff. Automatic translation devices were utilized to thump down language hindrances.


Let’s know more about it in detail.

IoT, 5G and Virtual Reality

To address the challenges introduced by the Olympics, Tokyo’s current smart city tech was developed further, however, Japan used more cutting-edge IoT and 5G technology. Virtual reality (VR) was additionally a significant area of innovation, utilizing a distributed camera network and along with 5G to empower a live feed of events. NTT’s Kirari task would utilize IoT tech to make an immersive VR experience of what’s going on. Rakuten has been dealing with similar smart stadium VR tech, to empower fans to preview before booking them.



Robots are symbolic of Japan’s status as a world innovator in futuristic technology. To carry the legacy, robots were at the front and centre at the opening and closing ceremonies. Guests were welcomed by one of the Haneda Robotics Lab robots, which will serve both as multilingual airport guides and as security, scanning bins for dubious items and making human watchmen aware of unattended luggage.

One such robotic device that was used at the games is from the Japanese organization Panasonic. Their gadgets were power suits that would give the wearer support to lessen the weight on joints and muscles. This product is in no way restricted to simply Tokyo 2020, as it will be utilized by the general public.


Artificial Intelligence

The International Olympic Committee has been working with Toyota to foster vehicles empowered by artificial intelligence (AI) for use in the main stadiums. Some utilized sensors and cameras to deliver equipment to athletes, while others assisted fans with accessibility requirements.


Language Translator

The 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo witnessed a world where athletes, staff and guests could speak with a chat bubble that  translated in real-time. The Fukidashi, as the technology is called, is a translation device that was created by Panasonic. Its artificial intelligence (AI) team along with Tokyo accelerator 100BANCH collaborated to make a device that comprised two screens that made an interpretation of what users say to them in real-time so two individuals with various native languages can communicate seamlessly in their own native languages.


Facial Recognition

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics also included a more technologically extensive security system than any past games previously. This was utilized for athletes, laborers, the media and volunteers. There have been voiced concerns about this being an intrusion of security, however there was no compelling reason for the audience to worry. For the framework to work, an individual should willingly submit a photo into the framework, and that is strictly restricted to people associated with the operation of the games.


3D Technology

Another technology was 3D technology. It was used in the production of a virtual meteor shower. The Japanese organization ALE was bidding on the opportunity to make the virtual meteor shower pictures explicitly for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The images would be made by means of satellite, sending projection from the orbit onto the city of Tokyo.