Imagine Roaming The Streets Inside This Gigantic Mechanized Robot

By Meera Dolasia on August 2, 2012

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Cruising around town in a giant mechanized robot suit is something every kid (and most adults) dream about - Now thanks to the efforts of Japanese artist Kogoro Kurata and Roboticist Watara Yoshizaki, their wishes have come true.

Unveiled on July 29th at Tokyo's biannual Wonder Fest, the Kuratas Robot is 13 feet tall and weighs 9,900 pounds. It's state-of-the art software system called V-Sido, allows it to be operated in one of three ways - By a driver physically sitting inside the sophisticated cockpit, remotely with a smart-phone or with the help of a master-slave system, whereby the giant mimics the moves made by a much smaller hand-held model manipulated from the outside.

Kuratas that derives its energy from diesel fuel can be driven around town in a low stealth mode or stretched out tall - Intimidating everyone around. However, with a top speed of 10km/hr the lumbering giant is not for people trying to get places in a hurry.

And of course, no robot is complete without some kind of weaponry arsenal - With a launcher that fires water balloons on demand and two Gatling guns capable of firing up to 6,000 BB pellets per minute, the Kuratas does not disappoint. What's even cooler is that once the target has been locked in, the guns can be triggered with a mere smile or giggle!

Though Mr. Kogoro Kurata insists that Kuratas is just a work of art and not available to consumers, the Suidobashi Heavy industry website where the robot was built, appears to be taking orders and even encouraging potential buyers to customize their Kuratas robot. However, with a base price of $1.35million USD for a toy deemed unsafe for the road by its creator, we are probably not likely to see this lumbering giant invading our cities anytime soon - But even seeing one of these walking around would be pretty cool wouldn't it?

Resources: gizmag.com,ubergizmo.com.

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  • awesomedude56
    awesomedude563/31/2014
    Awesome! Though the price is mega high... They should make a video game based off of the robot. :)
    • mpg_newyork
      mpg_newyork3/31/2014
      I like the idea
      • pokemin3/26/2014
        Where does it take place?
        • megaladon3/11/2014
          that is the coolest robot ever its even better than the ones from avatar
          • brigon
            brigon3/10/2014
            that is amazing
            • anmol
              anmol2/28/2014
              that is amazing
              • budderdude
                budderdude2/27/2014
                that is amazing
                • kittyc
                  kittyc2/28/2014
                  But it does have some flaws, I agree and like 'hollywood'.
                • hollywood
                  hollywood2/26/2014
                  i would make a safe one and nice to people
                  • Martin2/20/2014
                    I'm going to buy one
                    • hollywood
                      hollywood2/26/2014
                      whitch it would cost millions
                    • ricky1049968
                      ricky10499682/18/2014
                      awsome

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