The Japanese company Tsubame Industries has created a 4.5-meter, 3.5-ton robot that resembles the mecha from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, writes Reuters.
The device, called The Archax in honor of the Archaeopteryx, has two modes: “robot” with an elevated torso and “auto” in which it can move at speeds up to 10 km/h. The robot is powered by batteries, and the cockpit is lined with screens on all sides, like in some Titanfall. The cost of one robot is $3 million.
“Japan is very good at animation, games, robots and automobiles so I thought it would be great if I could create a product that compressed all these elements into one,” said Ryo Yoshida, the 25-year-old chief executive of Tsubame Industries. “I wanted to create something that says, ‘This is Japan’.”
Rio Yoshida became interested in manufacturing at an early age, learning to weld at his grandfather’s steel mill, and then founded a company that produces myoelectric prostheses.
Tsubame Industries plans to build and sell five of these machines for wealthy robotics fans, but the company’s CEO hopes that someday such robots could be used to help in natural disasters or in the space industry.