‘Transformers Comes to Life’: Giant Kuratas Robot Debuts in Japan [Video]

A Japanese inventor created a giant, Mech-like robot controlled from within. The machine, called Kuratas, stands thirteen feet tall and is capable of speeds of up to six miles per hour.

It’s Transformers come to life — sort of.  Japanese engineer Kogoro Kurata created a 4-meter-tall robot which can be operated by a pilot sitting in its cockpit, or via smartphone.

Like many Japanese, Kogoro Kurata grew up watching futuristic robots in movies and animation, wishing that he could bring them to life and pilot one himself. Unlike most other Japanese, he has actually done it, reports Reuters.

He was part of a group called the Suidobashi Heavy Industry that has created the Kuratas, a giant human-controlled robot. The mech stands more than 12 feet (about 4 meters) tall and weighs 9,920 pounds (4 tonnes) and it can be driven at a speed of up to 10 kph (6 mph).

According to the Inquisitr, the robot Kuratas made its debut in July at Wonder Fest 2012, an annual hobby convention in Tokyo, Japan. Needless to say … The Kuratas was the main attraction.

The Kuratas features a humanoid upper body and four insect-like legs with wheels. It can also be operated by a pilot sitting in an inbuilt cockpit, is made to order with an array of customisable non-lethal weaponry, and also comes in 16 different colours.

The robot, which took two years to pull together from concept to construction, also comes with a range of customized options from paint scheme to cup holders.

In order to get in to the cockpit a driver has to press a button on the front of the robot, it allows him to climb inside its interior. Once inside, the canopy closes and you’re presented with a large LCD display and an array of lighted indicators.

His prototype robot comes equipped with an operating system that also allows remote control from an iPhone.

The robot is fitted with a Xbox Kinect sensor in order to pick up your gestures and facial expressions, including the one needed to unleash what its creators have dubbed the “smile shot.”

The Kuratas is armed with a multi-rocket launcher and two gattling cannons. The rocket launcher fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water, and the gattling cannons can shoot 6,000 plastic BBs per minute when you smile.

Mr Kurata is a well-known artist specialising in iron installations with Kuratas officially classed as a work of art rather than a robot.

Kurata, a 39-year-old artist, commented on his creation: “The robots we saw in our generation were always big and always had people riding them, and I don’t think they have much meaning in the real world.”

He continued: “But it really was my dream to ride in one of them, and I also think it’s one kind of Japanese culture. I kept thinking that it’s something that Japanese had to do.”

The robot’s creator said while he has received thousands of inquiries about buying a robot, he’s also received a large number of cancellations and declined to specify how many people have actually bought one.

Anyone interested in purchasing Kuratas, recommended retail price $1million (£625,000) can visit the website of Suidobashi Heavy Industry Group. And there is no word on how much shipping may cost.

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