World’s First Robot That Can Transform Into A Sports Car
“Several thousand years ago, a meteorite fell on the earth. The meteorite, which emitted a gentle green glow, was a communications device linking our world with a different world.” – Brave Robotics Spokesman
Don’t take it wrong when you read the introduction. I’m not here to introduce you to a new robotic animated movie, yet it’s a pretty likely movie opening. As you may know, Japan stands out for its long-standing love affair with humanoid robots, a phenomenon that is creating what will likely be the world’s first mass robot culture. While companies in the west have produced robot vacuum cleaners and war machines, Japan has created humanoids and pet robots as entertaining friends. While the west makes movies like “Robocop” and “The Terminator”, Japan is responsible for the friendly Mighty Atom, Aibo and Asimo.
But now everything has changed. Japan is the first to make the world’s first real-life Transformer that can become a fully-functional sports car.
Brave Robotics, Asratec Corp and Takara Tomy, the company behind the original Transformers toys, have produced the J-deite Quarter, a 4.3-foot tall and 43-pound robot that can walk at 0.6 MPH and move its arms and fingers. Controlled by what appears to be a modified PlayStation joypad, it transforms into a snazzy-looking 4.3-foot long sports car that has a top speed of 6.2 MPH and a minimum road clearance of 1.6 inches.
As its name would suggest, the robot’s size is only a quarter of what they eventually intend to build. By 2030, Mr. Ishida hopes to build his first full-size, fully-working transforming robot that humans can ride. The toy will be a dream comes true for many men who grew up in the Eighties and early Nineties when the Transformers franchise offered what were among the coolest and most imaginative toys available.
The video below will have you an overall view of the Transforming Robotic J-deite:
According to reports, the body of the latest robot and various other parts has been 3D printed, holding the promise that one day soon it could enter mass production. Share your comments with us.