Last week, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizing committee announced the launch of the "Tokyo 2020 Robot Project." The project will involve the deployment of an assortment of robots to do useful things for visitors at the games, but so far, we've just seen specific details about two: Toyota's Human Support Robot (HSR) and Delivery Support Robot (DSR). These robots are supposed to be part of a "practical real-life deployment helping people," and the idea is that HSR and DSR will work together to assist disabled visitors, showing them to their seats and fetching food or other items that can be ordered with a tablet. The Toyota HSR is a mobile manipulator, able to move around and pick stuff up. It can do all kinds of things, provided that you can program it to do all of those things, which is not easy, especially if it's supposed to operate autonomously in an Olympic venue rather than a robotics lab.
Tokyo's Olympics may become known as the "Robot Games." Organizers on Friday showed off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. Tokyo Olympic official Masaaki Komiya pointed out that Japan is known for its robot technology, and the 2020 Summer Games are a good place to show off. "Robots should not overwhelm people," Komiya, the vice director general to the Tokyo Olympics, told a news conference. "Robots are something that have an amicable relationship with human beings and can work together. That's the kind of robots we envision."
The movie Moneyball, among many things, can be considered as the prime example of data-driven performance optimization in sports. For those who haven't watched the movie or read the book it is based on, it depicts the story of how the Oakland Athletics' general manager, Billy Beane, used statistical data and analytics to build a competitive team despite the team's small budget. His team, which was assembled by analyzing individual statistics of players, data mainly acquired free, went on to have an unexpectedly prolific season and reached unprecedented heights. During the historic season of 2002, the Oakland Athletics competed with and held their own against the best teams in Major League Baseball (MLB), whose budgets far outweighed their own. The team's achievements -- the most remarkable being their famous 20-game winning streak -- showed how a data-driven approach can, to a great extent, compensate for a lack of resources and enhance performance by enabling effective decision-making.
Acting on its aim to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics "the most innovative in history," organizers on Friday unveiled robots that will be deployed to assist spectators and staff during the games. The robots shown to reporters are to be used as part of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, as the games' organizers see the event as a chance to showcase how the country's robot technology focuses on practicality rather than just entertainment. The Human Support Robot and Delivery Support Robot, developed by Toyota Motor Corp., will be used in tandem to assist visitors using wheelchairs. HSR, a one-armed robot about a meter in height, can hold objects, pick things up off the ground and reach high up. It can move by itself or can be controlled remotely as it attends to people in wheelchairs, guiding them to their seats and helping carry items.
Last year, as it began a formal relationship with the NCAA as its official cloud provider, Google Cloud showcased its data analytics and machine learning tools with live predictive TV ads during the NCAA tournament, as well as game and data analysis. This year, it's taking the campaign a step further -- Google has recruited around 30 college students to deliver the March Madness analysis. The student-led analysis is intended to illustrate the accessible nature of Google's analytics and machine learning tools. The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. At g.co/marchmadness, you'll be able to check out information as the tournament is happening, including descriptive and predictive analysis.
If you're looking to upgrade to a high-quality 4K TV at a low price point, then this is the deal for you. The Sony XBR60X830F 60-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is now on sale for $798, or $300 off its list price on Amazon. While the display looks good on the outside, the images shown within are just as majestic and beautiful with a clear vibrant color contrast, deep and rich black levels, and detailed High Dynamic Range (HDR) true-to-life video. This 4K TV also features Sony's "Motionflow XR 960" refresh rate at 120Hz for smooth motion, which is perfect for the fast action of live sporting events like the upcoming NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament. While this 4K TV features amazing and high-quality images and audio, this Sony model is also a smart home device powered with built-in Amazon Alexa or Android TV with Google Assistant.
Three seasons down the line, the fledgling Drone Racing League (DRL) is still not a household name. But it continues to draw major broadcasters and is now set to make its debut on social media. For its upcoming world championship season, the DRL is making the switch from ESPN to the home of NASCAR: NBC and NBC Sports. For the first time, viewers will also be able to tune in on Twitter via the official @DroneRaceLeague account. For the uninitiated, the races consists of minute-long heats that see pilots -- with monikers, like "Jet" and "ShaggyFPV," that wouldn't look out of place in an eSports tournament -- flying custom-built drones through neon-lit shapes on winding tracks at speeds over 90 miles per hour.