KURATAS BY SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRY
Resembling a mech straight out of your favorite anime, the KURATAS is a functional robot created by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, a two-man team made up of artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki who started work on the project in 2010. The diesel-powered KURATAS measures 13 feet in height and weighs in at 4.4 tons, featuring 30 hydraulic joints and supported by four wheeled legs, allowing a top speed of just under 6.5 miles per hour. In terms of weaponry, there’s a multi-rocket launcher that fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water, as well as a gatling gun that shoots 6,000 BB bullets a minute, triggered when the pilot smiles. Yoshizaki’s V-Shido control system can be operated inside a one-man cockpit or remotely through a smartphone connected to a 3G network. Suidobashi aims to mass produce the KURATAS, with a 1.35 million price tag. Check out videos of the robot in action, as well as its official unveiling at last month’s Wonder Festival at Chiba.