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Giant 60ft walking robot to be built in Japan


Posted on Saturday, 30 August, 2014 | Comment icon 9 comments

A scale model of one of the Gundam robots. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 clem-master-janitor
Fans of the popular Gundam franchise are to build a fully working scale replica within five years.
Sometimes referred to as the 'Star Wars' of Japan, the Gundam series is so popular there that a massive statue built back in 2009 has since attracted millions of visitors from all across the country.

Now in celebration of the series' upcoming 40th anniversary, a consortium of Gundam fans and companies has laid out plans to construct a full-size working model that can move and walk around. With a tentative completion date of 2018, the ambitious undertaking would undoubtedly represent a huge engineering challenge.

"Technologically, it’s a very interesting problem," said physics professor Shuji Hashimoto. "Jumbo jets are already flying around and large-scale construction machinery is in service. While making Gundam walk would be a tricky problem, I believe we can make it move."

Others however are more skeptical, pointing out the immense weight of such a machine and the complexities in powering it and enabling it to move without falling over.

"I want to say, ‘Ha, ha, ha, impossible!’ meaning that no one will be able to do that except if someone will be able to make super-power actuators that can move the joints of the robot very fast to maintain balance," said mechanical engineering professor Atsuo Takanishi.

"I believe Gundam will be able to work only in space where there is no weight."

Source: PC World | Comments (9)

Tags: Gundam, Robot


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Ryu on 30 August, 2014, 11:35
Awesome! I'd love to see vids when it is done.
Comment icon #2 Posted by bubblykiss on 30 August, 2014, 12:09
Looks like the Earth Defense Forces (EDF) are gearing up to protect us from the Invid, Cthulhu and Project A-Ko.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 30 August, 2014, 18:06
And we all thought that Godzilla was a permanently fictional cinematic creation. I could just see a Robozilla with a computer virus running around creating all sorts of hate and discontent.
Comment icon #4 Posted by EllJay on 30 August, 2014, 19:45
Bring it on, Kaiju!!! http://youtu.be/gwx0EArlgQE
Comment icon #5 Posted by pbarosso on 31 August, 2014, 5:36
gundam wasnt that cool. but macross or robotech was wayyy cool.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 31 August, 2014, 7:02
I liked Gundam Wing. I did like Macross even more though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by FizzPuff on 31 August, 2014, 22:32
It's a giant robot regardless of what series, this will be awesome!
Comment icon #8 Posted by newbloodmoon on 2 September, 2014, 6:56
A friend and I have been talking about this for the last 20 yrs. Looks like they will finally unleash the beast. Hope it works.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Shiriki-chan on 3 September, 2014, 17:50
This is what I love about Japan; they cater to what people like. You would never find this sort of thing in America, at least nowhere near as frequently.


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