This boxy guy is called Kuratas, otherwise known as Vaudeville, and he stands 12 feet 5 inches tall. He weighs about 4.5 tons and is diesel-powered. Do not smile at him. He will shoot that grin right off your face.
Kuratas is a real-life mech from (where else?) Japan, and it's an art project designed by Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Iron worker/artist Kogoro Kurata, at right in the photo above, built his namesake robot and debuted it at something called Wonder Fest 2012, which took place over the weekend.
It has a ride-in cockpit, a master-slave joystick and a touchscreen interface, and its arms can be controlled via Kinect, so it could be trained as a champion boxer. Its twin BB Gatling guns can fire up to 6,000 BBs per minute, according to Plastic Pals. And it fires when a small camera inside the robot detects when you smile. This is just for fun, however — Kurata says he would never want his creation to harm anyone. But it could be used for robot competitions, he said.
You could pretend-order one of your own, via a slick website Kurata and his colleagues at Suidobashi designed. The mecha come in various color schemes and customizable weapons. But the base model starts at $1,353,500, so better start saving.
Kuratas, is one big boy beautiful robot! Happy sigh.....
i like that we're taking the front mission series approach to giant robots. yet at the same time we are remembering our times with gundams, nightmares, and even the APC's from the matrix are showing a little bit in this.
the front mission series approach to mechs: big, clunky, slow, and extremely realistic. they cost a fortune, they weigh a few tons to start off with, they move slow but have a lot of momentum and power, and generally they've held true all the way.
i'm just amazed something this good came out on the art scene and not on the DIY scene or something like it.
to mars or bust!
Anyone ever get the feeling that we're teaching robots the sorts of things that we probably shouldn't?
Anyone ever seen what the Javelin rocket can do? Keep dreaming gamers. The chick is hot, you are not.
Damn, that's pretty sick
Hate freakin videos like this that move so fast that it is impossible to really get a good look and feel of the product!!! Way to go producers you have wasted a great opportunity to showcase your product! Douche bags!!!
This is awesome! I've always wanted to see a mech in real life,or be made,I will definitely save up for one,it reminds me of the movie Robot Jocks.I take it they used the skeletonics they created for the base of this thing.
I knew it!!!!!!!!! XD
Japan would be the first to make one.
Problem is I think the military would take it and turn it into a war machine of DEATH!!!!!!
Sorry it's so cool!!!
I want to be the first to sign up if the United States built one for the soliders. :)
hey - I need this delivered in the next 10 days- I'll be the hit of the Playa at Burning Man with the Metal Man keeping me company as I head down for coffee in the morning.
please deliver COD to entry gate on August 26th.
7:15 & C
Looks like Cane from Robocop.