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!




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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