The emerging firm Tsubame Industries, based in Tokyo, has created a 4.5 meter high robot and four wheels that resembles the “Mobile Suit Gundam” from the famous Japanese anime series. This amazing robot, named ARCHAX after the avian dinosaur Archeopteryx, is available for $3 million.
Equipped with monitors in its cockpit that display images captured by external cameras, the pilot can control the robot’s arms and hands using joysticks from inside its torso.
This 3.5-ton colossus will be on display at the Japan Mobility Show later this month and has two operating modes: upright mode, which transforms it into an imposing robot, and vehicle mode, which allows you to move at speeds of up to 10 km/h.
“This is Japan”
“Japan is very good at animation, games, robots and cars, so I thought it would be great to be able to create a product that compressed all these elements into one,” explains Ryo Yoshida, 25-year-old CEO of Tsubame Industries. “I wanted to create something that said: ‘This is Japan’“.
Yoshida, the brains behind the amazing piece of technology, plans to build and sell five of these machines to well-funded robotics enthusiasts. However, his vision transcends the realm of fans; He hopes that this robot can be used in the future to provide helps in disaster situations and also in the space industry.
Since young, Yoshida has been drawn to the world of manufacturing. He learned to weld in his grandfather’s blacksmith shop and later founded a company specializing in myoelectric hand prostheses. His objective is to keep alive Japan’s competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector and continue innovating in the technological field.
“I hope to learn from previous generations and continue the tradition,” he says.