Japanese electronics company, Suidobashi Heavy Industry, has unveiled, over the past weekend at Tokyo’s Wonder Festival (in Makuhari just outside Tokyo), a 13 ft super-robot which can be controlled by any smartphone. This mind-blowing mecha robot is equipped with a weapons system, a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute; the guns fire when the pilot smiles, part of Yoshizaki’s V-Shido (read like bushido, as in “Way of the Samurai“) control system.

Kuratas can be controlled via the one-man cockpit or from the exterior of the intelligent machine using any smartphone connected to the 3G network. A miniature version of the Kuratas can also be controlled by an iPhone. The robot mecha has an MSRP of $1,353,500, starting with the base model. It has around 30 hydraulic joints, weighs four tons, and runs on four wheeled-legs that reach a top speed of just under 6.5 mph. The team of engineers, Kogoro Kurata and Wataru Yoshizaki, have been working on the robot since 2010.

Build your own custom Kuratas with a custom color scheme of your liking, custom artillery and accessories (cupholders!) HERE.

I know what I want for Christmas…my own personal bitchin’ mecha. SMILE, Punk!

@teemunny

 

 

Mobile suit obsessives around the world can thank artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics expert Wataru Yoshizaki for the robot frame, which has space to house a pilot inside. The mech’s touchscreen UI even includes a Kinect-based movement interface and the shudder-inducing “smile-activated” twin BB gatling guns.

 

 

Photographs from Hironori Sato and Suidobashi Heavy Industry

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