Toyota and Panasonic plan to test their latest creations at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Toyota's Human Support Robot (HSR) and Panasonic's Power Assist Suit will help wheelchair users with the games.
HSR, a small black and white robot, has facial features and an extendable gripper arm. It can transport food and other items, help viewers to their seats and provide information about the games.
"This project is not just about exhibiting robots, but also about how their real uses are helping people," said Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, in a Friday publication.
Sixteen HSR robots will be at the Olympics. Toyota hopes that similar products will be offered for sale in the early 2030s.
Panasonic's Power Assist Suit is a battery-powered exoskeleton ̵
Neither Toyota nor Panasonic responded immediately to a request for comment.