There could be nothing more exciting than piloting a human-controlled 13ft massive Japanese super-robot, that too seating in its ‘chest’, which pivots above waist or simply controlling it through an iPhone connected to a 3G network. For years, piloting and controlling a giant-humanoid robot has only been something seen on-screens operated by sci-fi characters. But, now a Japanese team of skilled engineers, hobbyist and robot lovers called the Suidobashi Heavy Industries has made it a reality for humans. They have created Kuratas, a diesel-powered humanoid-robot weighing 9,920 pounds, which made its grand debut at the Wonder Fest 2012, an annual hobby convention in Tokyo. Truly, this kind of giant humanoid-robot is something we can really expect from Japan, a country with the highest number of robots. Besides, we have also seen some other robotic marvels like the Motoman humanoid robot that cooks, the multi-skilled kitchen robot, and the robot that can identify wines and cheeses, created by the Japanese robotics engineers.
Featuring a humanoid upper body and four insect-like giant legs with wheels, the Kuratas is designed to seat one human in its ‘one-person cockpit’, which actually pivots above the waist and has one fully-articulated arm on either side. This super-robot opens-up the driver compartment canopy on the press of a button, allowing the human-pilot to climb inside its interior. Once the pilot is seated, the canopy closes and he's presented with an array of lighted indicators, along with big LCD display.
However, controlling the robot is hand-held through a custom controlled stick that is the part steering wheel and part puppetry rig. It can actually be turned to pivot the bot’s waist and steer it when moving. Interestingly, the Kuratas has a top speed of 6-miles per hour, and has around 30 hydraulic joints which the pilot moves using motion control.
Further, a pair of joysticks operates the arm. With the bending and twisting these joysticks, pilot can control the arms. And, in addition to its literal pair of arms, the Kuratas also comes armed with a multi-rocket launcher and two Gattling cannons. The former actually fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water, while the latter can shoot incredible 6,000 plastic BBs per minute. Also, robot’s movements can be controlled with an app installed on an iPhone.
Notably, in order to pick pilots gestures and facial expressions, the robot also comes fitted with Xbox Kinect sensor.
Speaking about the Kuratas price, it starts at whopping $1.35 million, and prior to the purchase, Suidobashi Heavy Industries also provides customization options which includes paint scheme, upholstery options, among many others. Also, check some of the other exotic million dollar items.