Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Japan builds an actual Transformer robot

As a 13-foot car the robot can reach speeds of 40mph As a 13-foot car the robot can reach speeds of 40mph Toru Hanai Reuters
| 29 April, 2018, 01:19

The vehicle, which is capable of carrying two passengers, is known as "J-deite RIDE", and it was developed by Brave Robotics, whose CEO, Kenji Ishida, has always been a fan of all things Transformers. The 12.1-foot J-deite RIDE can transform into a sports vehicle in approximately one minute.

"J-deite RIDE is a 4-meter tall robot that can transform from a bipedal walking humanoid form (robot mode) to a wheel-driven form (vehicle mode) and back".

Brave Robotics alongside Asratec -an affiliate of the Japanese mobile tech investment conglomerate SoftBank- spent three years developing J-deite RIDE.

A trio of Japanese firms have developed the prototype with hopes of using it to carry passengers on amusement park rides, The Japan Times reports. Ishida said he was inspired by his love of transforming robots from childhood anime movies.


Even though many people may see the robot as just an "expensive toy", Ishida states that his goal is to inspire others with his creation.

So far they've kept their giant robot confined to the factory floor, but they'll show it off in public in Japan during a May racetrack event. In November, J-deite Ride is scheduled to make its USA debut in Florida at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

Your kid's new favorite ride? They included some cute concept sketches of how they envision the robot being used. And, as is, 100 meters per hour would be too slow to keep up with parade floats, let alone to make a race exciting.

Cool! But when do we get our transforming bumper cars?

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