This 13-Foot Tall Robot Is the Next Step to Building a Gundam
By McKinley Noble
PCWorldDec 21, 2011 12:12 pm PST
When it comes to robotics, most manufacturers and inventors have managed to create a wide array of small machines that can do a variety of interesting things. However, a drivable humanoid robot hasn’t been in the cards quite yet due to technical and practical issues. That’s not stopping the Osaka-based Hajime Research Institute from trying to build one, though.
As seen on Plastic Pals via Tech Crunch, a massive 4-meter (13-foot) tall robot is currently under development by the Japanese group, complete with a built-in cockpit that should fit an average-sized person. It seems a bit too ambitious, but HRI President Hajime Sakamoto is apparently known for building impressively large machines. After all, his company completed a walking, remote-controllable 2-meter tall robot just a couple years ago.
Sakamoto’s current goal for his company is to eventually build a robot that’s much taller than 13 feet. Japan’s most famous machine, the 18-meter tall Gundam, is actually a gigantic statue with no real moveable parts, something that Sakamoto hopes to change in time for the franchise’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2019.
When that happens, we can all officially start running for our lives.
(Approximate scale of Sakamoto’s project to the size of a Gundam shown below.)
McKinley Noble is a former GamePro staff editor, current technology nerd and eternal mixed martial arts enthusiast. He also likes Japanese sports dramas and soap operas. Follow him on Twitter or just Google his name.