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Giant Mech Robots From Japan

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the i-for-one-welcome-our-new-robot-overlords dept.

Japan 104

New submitter Hanike writes "According to The Verge, Japanese hi-tech company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is developing a 13-foot, diesel-powered, real Mecha robot called Kuratas! 'The two-man team — artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki — isn't stopping there, either. Suidobashi wants to mass produce, starting at the low price of $1.35 million. So, what do you get for the money? Kuratas has over 30 hydraulic joints that allow it to freely move its arms, legs, and torso. It can fire water bottle rockets and fireworks, and its 6,000 round-per-minute BB Gatling guns are controlled with the pilot's smile; part of Yoshizaki's V-Shido (read like bushido, as in "way of the samurai") control system. In order to get around, the four-legged mech uses ordinary wheels, but the Suidobashi team wants to get it walking in order to navigate uneven terrain.'"

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Interesting note about the robot (-1, Troll)

h1044 (2697623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40828925)

The interesting thing about this is that it's not totally Japanese project. Apple's research center Xerox and Microsoft Research have provided lots of the technology to the two researchers and it runs partly with embedded Windows OS. If you want to program the robot you can just plug in Visual Studio with full debugging capabilities!

Re:Interesting note about the robot (0, Offtopic)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829039)

Obvious Astroturfer is obvious.

Re:Interesting note about the robot (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829095)

Obvious astroturfer only managed to make me terrified of ever working with the beast...

Re:Interesting note about the robot (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829143)

Windows OS

Oh good JESUS what were they thinking?!

I can't wait for GIANT MECHS to go on a rampage down the town because they got a virus.

Re:Interesting note about the robot (5, Funny)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 2 years ago | (#40829895)

BSoD ==> used to mean: Blue Screen of Death
BSoD ==> now means: Bloody Shoot out Drone

But of course it will only go "bzzrrk" when there is a virus in the MS OS. The rest of the time it will be more like this:
Operator: Kill pedestrian *points at a little grandmom with a walking-aid*
MS OS: This operation might harm you or other people, are you sure? [yes] [no]
Operator: *clicks yes*
MS OS: are you really sure? [yes] [no]
Operator: *clicks yes and grunts*
MS OS: To complete this operation you need administrator privileges, do you want to continue? [yes] [no]
Operator: *clicks yes and grunts and moans*
MS OS: Enter administrator password here [ ]
Operator:*type type type type type type*
MS OS: loading bullets, 1 second remaining
MS OS: loading bullets, 30 seconds remaining
MS OS: loading bullets, 2 hours remaining
MS OS: loading bullets, 7 minutes remaining
MS OS: loading bullets, 1 second remaining
Little grandmom: *already safe at home making tea*

Re:Interesting note about the robot (2)

vux984 (928602) | about 2 years ago | (#40833091)

I guess the OSX version would be:

Operator: Kill pedestrian *points at a little grandmom with a walking-aid*
OSX: ---- no response
Operator: clicks the little lock next to the triggers to unlock it
OSX: please enter an admistrator password
Operator: type type type type type
OSX: loading bullets, barbershop pole
OSX: loading bullets, barbershop pole
OSX: loading bullets, barbershop pole
OSX: loading bullets, barbershop pole
OSX: loading bullets, barbershop pole
Operator: any day now
OSX: loading bullets, pinwheel
Operator: uhoh
OSX: loading bullets, pinwheel
OSX: The operation could not be completed.
Operator: No shit. Why not?
OSX: An unexpected error occurred.
Operator: thanks for nothing.
Little grandmom: *already safe at home making tea*

Re:Interesting note about the robot (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40833333)

operator@ubuntu ~/ $ echo "granny @ heading 36.3 azimuth -14.5" > target
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ open_fire target
bash: open_fire: command not found
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ sudo apt-get install open_fire
E: Unable to locate package open_fire
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/open_fire/open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz
2012-07-31 15:56:43 (450 KB/s) - `open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz' saved [14437]
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ tar -xvf open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ cd open_fire-0.4.6/
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ ./configure
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ make
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ sudo make install
operator@ubuntu ~/ $ open_fire target

* punches holes in pavement *

Re:Interesting note about the robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40837013)

Not to be pedantic (actually I do), but aren't we comparing apples and oranges in these previous examples?

MS OS: This sequence surely would need to be repeated for every target.
OSX: Suffers from the same problem, again, an administrator password is needed.
Ubuntu: Aside from the obvious lack of a "loading_bullets-1.0.0.targ.gz", and its own "make configure && install", I'd say any ubuntu-powered mech-warrior worth his salt would have done this before going into battle in the first place.. free to "$ open_fire target" at will!

I'm assuming the "loading bullets" duration is a function of mechanical hardware so you can't really blame that on any of the operating systems...

So.. My choice would be the UbuntuMech all damn day long...

   

Re:Interesting note about the robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40839237)

Lol at least we can have more fun failing at linux then any other flavor!

Re:Interesting note about the robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829213)

The interesting thing about this is that it's not totally Japanese project. Apple's research center Xerox and Microsoft Research have provided lots of the technology to the two researchers and it runs partly with embedded Windows OS. If you want to program the robot you can just plug in Visual Studio with full debugging capabilities!

Oh great,. a TOY operating system.

Smiling? (5, Funny)

Sigvatr (1207234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40828955)

How are you supposed to stop smiling when you are mowing down your enemies?

Re:Smiling? (5, Funny)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40828973)

Don't worry, you'll frown once you run out of ammo.

Re:Smiling? (2)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829203)

Trowa Barton usually did.

Re:Smiling? (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829063)

You only need to stop smiling if you want to stop it from shooting, i.e. are no longer pleased with that activity...

Re:Smiling? (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about 2 years ago | (#40829511)

Well, at some point you have to stop smiling to scream "Get away from her, you bitch!"

Re:Smiling? (4, Funny)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about 2 years ago | (#40829569)

When you're smiling
When you're smiling
Your enemies get mowed down

When you're laughing
Oh, when you're laughing
Bullets riddle the entire town

Re:Smiling? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830453)

Well, you'd be wrong.

(Evil) laugh causes no bulllets, it activates eye beams and mouth-mounted flamethrower.

Don't you know anything about robotics, you?

Re:Smiling? (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | about 2 years ago | (#40831433)

This isn't funny it is insightful, I'm smiling just thinking about it.

If I am reincarnated (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40828985)

If I am reincarnated
I'd like to be a nigger
my brain a little smaller
but my cock would be much bigger

Re:If I am reincarnated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829049)

even smaller?

Re:If I am reincarnated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829321)

-- Ethanol Fueled

Re:If I am reincarnated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829345)

WHEN you are reincarnated, you just increased the likelihood of your coming back with dark skin just so you can appreciate the other side of that coin.

Re:If I am reincarnated (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830303)

I don't think it works like that, you buddhist hippie socialist

runs on wheels. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829017)

'nuff said. Should have kept trying.

Doesn't run at all (hoax) (0)

emarkp (67813) | about 2 years ago | (#40830481)

Note how any time there is motion you only see a portion of the object. The arm movements and in-traffic video are clearly CGI, and the raise/lower video could be done by a crane from above since everything above the legs is cropped out.

And while we see the gatling barrels spinning, I don't see anything being fired out.

In other words, this is a sculpture, not a mech. I doubt it's anything other than an elaborate miniature plus a fake cockpit.

Schnooky schnooky! (1)

voodoo cheesecake (1071228) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829027)

I can't wait for the gauss cannons and jump jets!

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829149)

A clear mech warrior fan here ;)

*salutes*

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40831343)

You've but me in the mood for piranha games new mechwarrior 5

I hope it happens! BriNg on the clan battles!!

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829165)

One LRM-20 salvo to the rear-right torso armor should be enough to detonate its ammo and it's all over.

I both loved and hated the BattleTech tabletop game... 90 minutes of real time to play two rounds of combat.... but it was GLORIOUS!

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829481)

Unless you're using weapons that don't detonate... Lasers, PPCs, Gauss Cannon. My favorite was always a couple of AC-20's, especially for urban or mountainous missions where combat is going to be more close-range. It had enough of a thunk to it that it messed up the other guy's aim, plus if you could manage 2 shots in the same place, whatever you were shooting at was toast. Otherwise, intentionally going for the leg shot first, then then kill with the second later was great for more hectic battles where quick disablement was more urgent that everything being completely dead.

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (1)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 2 years ago | (#40830101)

This is clearly scout mech sized. We'll have to wait till the mid sized 50 tonne models are released before we can use the LRM's. In the meantime they will have time to get this one off of wheels and running at 140 kph. Can't wait till fussion powered models arrive.

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (1)

WCLPeter (202497) | more than 2 years ago | (#40837561)

One LRM-20 salvo to the rear-right torso armor should be enough to detonate its ammo and it's all over.

That's only if you luck out and get a high enough roll on the missile hit table to get all 20 missiles to hit and get all four rolls to hit the same spot. My personal favourite tactic is to take an Archer, park him in a corner, use a few scout mechs for scouting ahead in cover as spotters, and then pop off long range shots hoping to get enough 5 point clusters that one of them hits the head.

Head hits always cause stun damage to the pilot and gives a chance they'll pass out, at the very least it'll increase the to hit modifiers on that mech for the rest of the game - at least they did when I played years and years ago.

I don't play much anymore, the game simply takes way too long to play - I'd go to friends houses early Friday night and play until late Sunday and still not finish an actual game. The only time we'd really finish a game in a reasonable amount of time was lance on lance, but even then it can take the better part of a day and a half to finish a game.

Re:Schnooky schnooky! (1)

mhajicek (1582795) | about 2 years ago | (#40830969)

Should be easy enough to retrofit with your choice of home made or modified weapons systems.

I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829077)

Am glad I've lived long enough to see this built.
Now, I need to live long enough to afford it.

Truckasaurus? (4, Funny)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829087)

to be mass-produced for monster truck rallies here in the states. XP

Already written about in an old SF story (2)

almechist (1366403) | about 2 years ago | (#40833775)

to be mass-produced for monster truck rallies here in the states.

As usual science fiction is way ahead of reality, ten years to be precise. What you describe was the exact plot of Allen Steele's short story "Mudzilla's Last Stand", initially published in January of '93! From an article about Steele:

His writing shows a passion for the sometimes lurid tone and language of the lowest forms of popular culture, as in "Mudzilla's Last Stand," which details how future announcers will promote the battle of Mecha-men robots as a working class entertainment on the same order as Monster Truck Rallies.

I remember reading the story in Asimov's when it first appeared. Aside from being prophetic, it was a pretty good read. The plot is that a Japanese company builds a real battle mech much like the one in the TFA. The robot was intended to be genuine military hardware, but there were no takers because it turns out giant man-like metal monster robots are somewhat impracticable on real battlefields. Eventually the only prototype gets sold to, you guessed it, a promoter of monster truck rallies. You can guess what happens next... Or read the story.

Series T1 (2)

jshipp (2519316) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829091)

Replace the water guns with real guns and you have your first SkyNet robot. http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/Series_T1 [wikia.com]

Re:Series T1 (1)

kryliss (72493) | about 2 years ago | (#40829675)

Thanks jshipp for causing me to spend the last 45 minutes looking at all the terminator info.. Now my mind is totally screwed up and I don't know what year I'm in. :)

Re:Series T1 (1)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#40829873)

Don't forget Ed 209 [youtube.com] :D

Interesting note... (4, Funny)

ZiakII (829432) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829137)

The robot can only be controlled by a small person such as a 12 year old girl with orange hair.

Re:Interesting note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829253)

PINK hair, yeesh get it right!

Re:Interesting note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830367)

PINK hair, yeesh get it right!

Blue hair, get it right already!

Re:Interesting note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830637)

HOT-BLOODED ordinary japanese school boy, get it right.

Blue haired 12 year old mechagirl is next in production line.

Re:Interesting note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830663)

Gotta have blue hair, for some reason!

Re:Interesting note... (1)

fritsd (924429) | about 2 years ago | (#40835483)

A battle robot controlled by Pippi Longstockings... oh dear.....

Re:Interesting note... (3, Funny)

Michael Woodhams (112247) | more than 2 years ago | (#40836447)

Teenage pilots are required because, as has been well established, mecha are powered by angst. Any organization which operates mecha also has a secret division of agents who mess with the pilot's lives to ensure they remain sufficiently angsty.

A mech with wheels... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829147)

A mech with wheels is like a sword with a foam blade.

Re:A mech with wheels... (2)

jgtg32a (1173373) | about 2 years ago | (#40831541)

Someone has obviously never seen Ghost in the Shell.

WOOT!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829171)

Battletech coming to life!!!

Gigantor... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829183)

When they have one shaped like Gigantor I'll have to cry because can't have it.

It's like MechWarrior (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829185)

Reactor online.
Sensors online.
Weapons online.
All systems nominal.

Like Gundam? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829221)

Will this program be secretly run by the Agriculture Ministry as well?

Re:Like Gundam? (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829293)

Will this program be secretly run by the Agriculture Ministry as well?

Of course! It's designed for mowing down the scoff-lawns!

Re:Like Gundam? (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 2 years ago | (#40829729)

I doubt it would have any trouble plowing through most foes.

Re:Like Gundam? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 2 years ago | (#40831913)

Gundam? Honestly, it looked more like a Dougram [starstore.com] to me.

What are you people talking about? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829271)

Attention leftist free software lunatics hippies.

"Giant Mech Robots From Japan" Is the most important thing on your radar?

What a bunch of crap.

Why don't you talk about your wonderful hero, the Obama and Obamacare CUTTING MEDICINE FROM MEDICARE.

Huh? Wake up you losers, your socialist schemes are drowning us all, as predicted. Are you all getting your free colonoscopies from the state?

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/rationing-begins-states-limiting-drug-prescriptions-medicaid-patients

"In Alabama, Medicaid patients are now limited to one brand-name drug, and HIV and psychiatric drugs are excluded.

Illinois has limited Medicaid patients to just four prescription drugs as a cost-cutting move, and patients who need more than four must get permission from the state."

Re:What are you people talking about? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829541)

i don't know what you are complaining about, this giant robot will solve all those problems that you think are more important.

Won't the revolution be easier if we all had Giant Mech Robots? i don't know how you plan to successfully lead your little rebellion against the govt now, when we can't match the firepower of their tanks and jets. These Giant Mech's will turn the tide and give us equal footing so we can stand toe-to-toe with the military to enact our coup. to take back our drugs and healthcare.

yeah sorry, i know. don't feed the trolls.

Re:What are you people talking about? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830209)

Uhm, did you miss the part where a 50cal BMG round is used to disable tanks?

Re:What are you people talking about? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829615)

News Flash: Slashdotters have varying political leanings. Many readers here are actually Libertarians and likely hate socialized medicine. However, this is a technology site and giant mech robots from Japan certainly fit with the "news for nerds" theme of the site.

If you feel that your information on "Obamacare" is important and relevant to Slashdot, I suggest you submit it as an article rather than bringing it up in a completely unrelated topic.

Re:What are you people talking about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829819)

Gee, thanks a lot.

Now piss off. I'll do what I want. How do you like that?

Aesthetic (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829279)

Interesting, but most of the construction looks non-functional and aesthetic - like the hands, for instance. It does not look sturdy enough to serve as a riot suppression device, nevermind anything serious.

Bubba with a mig welder, an old Asian cab-over-engine mini-bus type van, a junked Caterpillar frontend loader, and the frame from a US truck could probably make something similarly aesthetic which is actually able to perform work. Betcha it'd be more fun to pilot, too.

It'd certainly be fun to pilot, but what large machinery isn't? For a million dollars, you could build something quite comparable on your own.

Hell, for a bit more than a couple months of training and knowing the right people, you can get paid to operate heavy machinery which has much more capability.

Re:Aesthetic (2, Insightful)

gagol (583737) | about 2 years ago | (#40829505)

This is a multimillionnaire toy not intended for combat or work. It's job is to be cool and unique. If I were that rich, I would buy one just for the fun of it!

Re:Aesthetic (1)

voodoo cheesecake (1071228) | about 2 years ago | (#40829587)

The rest of us will just wait for a centerfold shot!

Re:Aesthetic (2)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | about 2 years ago | (#40829773)

Oh god now im waiting for Playboy's "Girls of Giant Robots" issue..

Re:Aesthetic (1)

freeze128 (544774) | about 2 years ago | (#40830591)

This seems like something Richard Garriott would buy. Maybe he would add it to his Halloween setup.

Re:Aesthetic (1)

TheDarkMaster (1292526) | about 2 years ago | (#40829919)

And too slow, if the video actually shows a production unit rather than a dummy/prototype.

Come on, we have the technology to make mechas capable of running and jumping with a human pilot, when they will join the pieces into one thing? The only thing that still complicated is the source of energy needed!

this gets my vote (4, Insightful)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829285)

Best Thing This Week

No Smoking! No Cigars! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40829301)

No Sarge!

Gatling guns? Then it's Heavyarms! (2)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829309)

Now, they need to make one with a giant scythe and bat wings so we can have Deathscythe, and one with angel wings for Wing Zero. /nerd

Re:Gatling guns? Then it's Heavyarms! (1)

Windwraith (932426) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829407)

Although the design kinda reminds me of VOTOMS. Oh well, I am sure some Super Robot Wars game has something comparable. Kinda reminds me of a quad Angriff. (sans Raven parts). Or something from Armored Core.

Anyway this being Japan I am sure it has plenty of upgrades and final attacks. I'll wait for the Shin Kuratakaiser that will surely come eventually.

Metal Gear! (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829323)

Oh great, now someone's gonna have to put on their octocamo and fight their way into the bases until the Big Boss battle...

GDS Operating system "DRIVE" TA Shell (1)

Hartree (191324) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829343)

Was the software for it written by Gowa Digital Systems?

Can't believe nobody has said it. (2)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829355)

I, for one, welcome our...

Re:Can't believe nobody has said it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829847)

Diesel powered, wheely robot overlords?

Seriously though, they could have made this thing at least look more formidable IMHO.

Now to make it remote controlled, and fight to the death for our enjoyment! (PLEASE SOON!) Robot wars, +15 tonnes, give or take, depending on weight class.

On to Tokyo? (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40829361)

So, when can we see some awesome footage of these mass produced robotic overlords trashing Tokyo? It's traditional.

Slightly cheaper model... (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#40829421)

If you're in Canada, this was featured a year or so ago on Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel:

Daily Planet - Embedded with Mark Miller - Land Walker [watch.ctv.ca] . Though it just burns me that they seem to not say "mech" at all.

I think this one was slightly cheaper...

Re:Slightly cheaper model...in Canada (0)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 2 years ago | (#40829803)

>> I think this one was slightly cheaper...

Only because they paid in Canadian loons.

IT'S A GUNDAM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829697)

How long until it's used for military applications?

videos lacking.... (1)

hugebrownbag (2697649) | about 2 years ago | (#40829699)

the videos sucked. i wanted to see it in real action

Re:videos lacking.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40838243)

the videos sucked. i wanted to see it in real action

I want to see the operator in action.

so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829743)

if we could get a fusion reactor small/portable enough to power large lasers, shrink the U.S. Navys' rail gun and some long and short range missile packs, we could have our first real battle mech. With heavy enough armor and hardened components, I am so excited...

I've seen the training footage.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40829823)

This company is actually a subsideary of Infinite Stratos Corporation, LLC. based in Tokyo, Japan.
They use high-school aged kids because their reflexes are faster, but it gets the job done.
There was some competition between the test pilots, but things have evened out and settled down
(you know how emotional kids can get). Several countries already have their own models (as was
noted in the training videos) - exacly which countries is a closely guared secret, though.

Land of the smiles (1)

ACE209 (1067276) | about 2 years ago | (#40830017)

..., and its 6,000 round-per-minute BB Gatling guns are controlled with the pilot's smile

This gives the term "land of the smiles" a totally different meaning.

The future is here! (2)

MaWeiTao (908546) | about 2 years ago | (#40830153)

This brings a tear of joy to my eye... Finally, some overt examples of future technology. All that's left to fulfill my childhood vision of the future is flying cars, supersonic transports, torus-style space stations, and proper spacecraft (FTL optional but strongly encouraged).

Re:The future is here! (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40830425)

it's more of an example of a movie animaton made in a certain shape for no good reason at all.

if you want a thing that runs on wheels, is controlled with a playstation controller and has a real gun you could call up the swedish(though I'm pretty sure they would only sell to very few countries in the world..).

Re:The future is here! (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | about 2 years ago | (#40833695)

Watching the videos deflated all of my excitement. Much of it was so cheesy that I initially thought it was the work of a special effects studio. As it stands it's not much more than a moving sculpture.

I can't help but think that someone could produce that actually works by cannibalizing a few small construction vehicles. But at the end of the day the thing is going to be so heavy and slow as to be pointless. It's a nice fantasy, but I think the future is more likely to be powered armor, a la Starship Troopers, than anything depicted in Gundam. Modern day weaponry already nullifies any advantage something like a Gundam unit could have possibly had. But a compact one-man shell with blast resistance might actually be an asset.

adv (-1)

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Re:adv (0)

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I want two of them (1)

BetaDays (2355424) | about 2 years ago | (#40830335)

I want two of them. Placed on either side of my drive way will do. It would show people I mean business.

Titans are on the Move (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830495)

Praise be to the Machine-God and the God-Emperor on the Golden Throne.

Not a Mecha (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40830641)

It's on wheels. Who cares?

Wake me when it's bipedal.

welcome our new mecha overlords (1)

zeroryoko1974 (2634611) | about 2 years ago | (#40831539)

I for one, welcome them

What is it for? (1)

erice (13380) | about 2 years ago | (#40831775)

They say it they will be selling them for $1.35M each. But not many anime geeks can afford $1.35M toys. Is there some practical industrial application that the developers have in mind but don't seem to want to publicize at this point?

Re:What is it for? (1)

ImprovOmega (744717) | about 2 years ago | (#40835723)

Well, we all know that the Franchise Wars [wikia.com] are coming...Taco Bell should stock up just to be safe.

Tetsujin 28 for real? (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | about 2 years ago | (#40832115)

Is this like Tetsujin 28 or Gigantor?

Does I come with options (1)

byteherder (722785) | about 2 years ago | (#40832145)

I'll take mine with a Minigun and Hydra 70 rocket launcher.

Wait until my neighbor's dog sees me coming.

Remember to Smile (1)

PDX (412820) | about 2 years ago | (#40832641)

The point is to pummel to death an infestation of rodents with lethal amounts of BBs.

Masamune Shirow (1)

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) | about 2 years ago | (#40833221)

It's a tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell. Sadly it doesn't come in blue.

I have the weirdest boner right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40835389)

Ok maybe not the weirdest.

A GAA MAEBAA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40838199)

Now all they gotta do is shrink 'em down to human sizes! [imdb.com]
[The post title is the first thing that came to mind when I saw this story. Couldn't put a better version of it in because the filter said 'TOO MUCH REPETITION']

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