The Olympic flame went out in Rio, and the Olympic flag was handed over to Tokyo, but not before Tokyo gave an appetising teaser of what to expect from the Olympics 2020.
The Japanese plan to use Olympics to show off their technological advancements, especially in Robotics.
The Japanese envision an out-of-the-world Games experience where a robot will direct the audience to their seats; artificial meteors will light up the sky beneath which the traditional Japanese performers will liven up the arena.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stole the show at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Olympics when he stepped out decked as Super Mario holding a red ball.
Tokyo plans to wow the tourists planning to stay next to the Olympic Village in Odaiba by offering them Robot helpers to tip them off about the best food, transport, and entertainment options in the city. Robots will be seen everywhere from airports to hotel concierges.
Robot Taxi Inc., a Japanese venture, is developing driverless vehicles to take the tourists from one stadium to the other while Panasonic is working on translation devices for the visitors.
The Japanese also plan to offer 3D laser technologies to the referees to analyse the complex gymnastic motions. The Olympic Arena being designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma recreates the traditional Japanese architecture with a futuristic twist. The wooden-latticed stadium will be the masterpiece of Japanese design.
The teaser for the Tokyo Olympics shows that we are in for a big show in 2020.