If you think you can't motivate the kids to put down the Sega or whatever it is they're playing with these days, Japanese robotics manufacturer Sakakibara-Kikai would beg to differ. The company that created the Landwalker bi-pedal exoskeleton has created a five-and-a-quarter-foot exoskeleton just for the kiddies that is sure to captivate even the most technophobic youngster, assuming such a thing exists.
Sakakibara-Kikai developed the Kid's Walker exoskeleton after repeated requests by children to ride in the much larger Landwalker which, at just over eleven feet tall, might be a bit too much machine for a market segment still mastering the common pedal-powered bicycle. Kid's Walker is powered by gasoline, weighs nearly 400 pounds, and, quite frankly, is kind of menacing.
That being said, it actually seems pretty safe by appearances. Rather than bounding destructively along Avatar-style, Kid's Walker shuffles slowly around, maintaining a stable center of gravity. The hand controls are also restrained to acceptably safe levels, prohibiting balance-threatening fast motions. Moreover, features like Gatling cannons and shoulder-mounted rocket installations do not come standard, so you'll have to figure out how to acquire those on your own.
The most menacing thing about Kid's Walker is actually the price: the manufacturer hasn't officially set one, but they have said that in Japan it would likely sell at around $21,000. See it shuffle below.
Cool, Comment #1, btw.
wtf, Sega? that was ages ago...
That's just what we need a six year old in a machine that can tear your arm off.
Where is the adult version? I know they mentioned a version that was 11 ft but thats really not enough info.
Do you have one that comes in the size "GARGANTUAN CITY DESTROYING SUPER MEGA ULTRA DESTROYER MECH"???
Good idea giving a large robotic exoskeleton capable of tearing off limbs to a temper tantrum prone, inexperienced child. -_- I am disappoint.
it is probably going to pull you down before it pulls your limbs off.
come on people, the Japanese are smarter than that.
Do they also have equipment so other kids can put their minds into 9 foot tall blue aliens?
if the arms move - or anything else for that matter - then Sakakibara-Kikai should've included it in the video. Basically they demoed that it's like a power wheels. lol
Notice that the feet only move back and forth but the body moves smoothly. You can be sure that the device has wheels that move it across the paved surface only, covered by a cowling that mimics the motion of shuffling feet.
great like my kid doesn't break enough stuff around the house. maybe this is a pre-trainer, for exo operators in the future?
Yea, it looked like it was on wheels, the kid wasn't really moving his feet in a "walking" type motion either, so its not like the "exoskeleton" was attached to him. And besides, if you launched a rocket from an M1, I doubt that "exoskeleton" would be of any protection. Lol.
Damn kids. When I was your age we didn't have no fancy exoskeletons. We had to maim, kill, and destroy the old fashioned way.
have fun with your new robots kids! dont break any houses! ^^
So they built this because the kids were begging to ride the 11-foot one?
The kids will be demanding real Gundams next, with real laser swords...