Skins24 Posted May 23, 2005 Share Posted May 23, 2005 You all have 8 days to get me one Robot lets rider walk and fire just like Gundam MAEBASHI, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) An environment machinery maker has developed a robot that can be ridden and maneuvered like one in the animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam." Masaaki Nagumo rides his 3.4-meter-tall Land Walker robot in Shinto, Gunma Prefecture. The single-seat Land Walker robot, standing 3.4 meters high and weighing 1 ton, can walk forward, backward or sideways at 1.5 kph by operating four pedals, and shoots sponge bullets from two air guns installed beside the ****pit, according to Masaaki Nagumo of Sakakibara Kikai Co., based in Shinto, Gunma Prefecture. Nagumo, 32, developed the product over two years almost all by himself as he wanted to develop a robot that could be driven and operated to move like Gundam. He said he thought such state-of-the-art robots as Honda Motor Co.'s ASIMO to be "excellent in technology but they are like Atom (Astro Boy)," referring to the cartoon robot by the late Osamu Tezuka. "I wanted to see a robot on which people ride and operate, like Gundam." The Land Walker, which is made to order, costs 36 million yen. The price will be lowered if enough people place orders, he said. The company's Web site has received more than 1 million hits since it announced the robot in March. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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