When you can make a humanoid robot that plays soccer and dances, why limit him to below-average or even average human stature? He should definitely be a giant robot instead, because there is nothing terrifying or awkward about that, not at all. Don't worry, a Japanese robotics company is planning just that — a 13-foot-tall iron giant.
Hajime Sakamoto, president of the humanoid-robot-building Hajime Research Institute, already has a 7-foot-tall humanoid robot, which you can see kicking a soccer ball in the awesomely soundtracked video below. This one will be nearly twice as tall, looming four meters above the ground. It will even have a built-in cockpit, according to the robotics site Plastic Pals.
Hajime Research explains that this will be a real-life version of a Mobile Suit, a robot character in the anime series Gundam, featuring what basically look like Autobots.
If all goes well, Hajime Research wants to build a 26-foot model and eventually a 59-foot version.
I'm waiting for building size robots, then they can be used to battle other robots over land disputes.
In space, no one can hear a tree fall in the forest.
They are just trying to make anime a reality aren't they.
At last Gundam! But i gotta say they should just limit it to below 20ft it will be a lot cheaper. My childhood dreams is pretty close to coming true ^_^
As cool as this really is, and useful in lots of aspects of large scale contruction, what's next, genetically creating a real life Godzilla?
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YES! Voltron is coming!!!
I can't wait to strap into one and blast Gnarls Barkley's Transformer from my cockpit radio. And CodeZero, Godzilla is an allegory to the atomic bombs of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. They respect his power, but they don't like him...but if you're looking for Dino DNA there is research being conducted to try and reconstruct the lizard creatures of earth's hayday by reverse engineering the genetic information of chickens. I think our odds of a Mechagodzilla are looking pretty good right about now.
hmmmm ... not so peacful after all huh?... ^^
big power, big responsabiltities ^^ Go Japan!!
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
I thought it was a misplaced American philosophy that if we can build it, why not try to build the biggest most useless one we can. Seems strange to build such a large robot without any practical purpose, although I suppose they will run into unforeseen problems, which the solutions to might come in handy in the future. Still unless the increase in size allows for better battery capacity I don't understand the purpose. Will this be constructed of standard materials or the newest lightest/strongest materials available? As for a Gundam Suit, as a fan of the series, that is worth geeking out a bit. Odd and interesting imho.
I wonder whats going to power the suit? I highly doubt they can built a compact fusion reactor atm to power it. Just for fans of the series, hopefully they dont have a whinny idealistic teenager piloting this thing.
Step 1: Walk
Step 2: Dance
Step 3: Kill all Humans
step 4: repeat from step 1
With a torso the size of a small water heater, they can pretty much fit whatever they want in it. Im thinking THORIUM REACTOR!!! But more likely just a couple of large cell thin film lithiums.
lol funny. id prefer robots my size. at least that way i have a chance of putting up a fight lol.
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What is kind of cute about this giant robot and it being advance technology, I had a simuliar small toy as a child with the same shape, walked the same way and ran on batteries.
I can not be the only person with this toy?
Anybody else remember this toy. It was about 3 inches tall.
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from different perspectives too!
damn his head is SMALL both the robot and its creator lol
actually the Japanese corner the market on ridiculous and goofy joke of inventions that rely on japan obsessed loser's around the world.
I want a 100 foot one. I don't see much of a use for these in construction due to heights involved, however for site maintenance such as moving pallets, I beams and stuff these would work great. I think they would also have a lot of use in large scale shipping or the lumber/logging industries. Replace one hand with a saw assembly from a harvester and you can grab the tree, cut it, and put it where you want. The only problem is, we already have machines for all the examples I gave....so I guess owning one would mostly come down to "yeah, I got a giant robot."
Science always asks "can we," but doesn't seem to ask "should we."
Not impressed. You can't even have sex with it.
I would like to preorder a gundam please.