Pilots wanted for giant mech robot Kuratas
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Mecha-heads rejoice: A Gundam-style giant robot has come to life in Japan, promising joyrides aplenty in this 13-foot humanoid machine on wheels.
Suidobashi Heavy Industry showed off its Kuratas mecha bot over the weekend in Makuhari just outside Tokyo.
Kuratas is a four-wheeled, 30-joint exoskeleton that can be piloted from its cockpit or remotely with a 3G touch-screen phone. It was demoed at the Wonder Festival, where legions of robot fans gathered.
Kuratas can move its massive torso, arms, and hands, and has a few “weapons” like a “LOHAS launcher,” but it actually shoots BB pellets and fireworks. It can also grab things (like humans) with its claw-like fingers.
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