Wed, 06 Dec 2023

TOKYO, Japan: Tokyo-based startup Tsubame Industries has developed a four-wheeled robot that resembles the "Mobile Suit Gundam" from the popular Japanese animation series.

Known as "ARCHAX" after the avian dinosaur archaeopteryx, the 3.5-ton robot measures 14.8 feet in height and costs US$3 million to buy.

It has cockpit monitors that receive images from cameras, enabling its pilot to maneuver its arms and hands with joysticks from inside its torso.

Unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show, it has an upright 'robot mode' and a 'vehicle mode,' in which it can travel up to 6 miles per hour.

Ryo Yoshida, the 25-year-old chief executive of Tsubame Industries, said, "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."

"I wanted to create something that says, 'This is Japan'," he added.

Yoshida plans to build and sell five of the robots but hopes that it could be used for disaster relief or in the space industry in the future.

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