Giant Japanese Robot Shoots Gatling Guns Triggered By Pilot’s Smile

Suidobashi Heavy Industries has revealed the Kuratas: A giant robot that weighs over four tons, measures in at a height of 13 feet, and includes BB Gatling guns that fire 6,000 rounds a minute. The trigger mechanism for those beasts? The pilot’s smile.

kurataIts Gatling gun is activated via facial tracking technology when the pilot smiles. Suidobashi call this “the smile shot”.

The Kuratas robot that seems to have evolved from an earlier mecha prototype called Vaudeville made by Suidobashi Heavy Industry. The team behind the robot consists of a mere two men: Wataru Yoshizaki, a researcher, and Kogoro Kurata, an artist. The list of features makes one wonder what the two were looking to accomplish with a diesel-powered killing machine. Any sort of wildlife wouldn’t exactly stand a chance as long as they were on even ground where the Kuratas could roll around.

kuratas_550Perhaps the most exciting feature of this behemoth is the fact that the “pilot” can control it from the safety of their smartphone. An app, known as the MasterSlave control system, will allow smartphones and tablets full control of the device when connected to a 3G network.

Buyers with deep pockets who have the dream of piloting a huge fighting robot could become reality for $1.35 million.

Yet, what seems like a product demonstration video, raises all sorts of questions. What, precisely, kind of market are they looking to tap here? Evil genius? Diabolical anime fan? The fact that this thing exists means someone is going to buy it, but thinking there’s a lucrative demographic out there for them to milk is probably pure fantasy. It’s still a comforting thought to know that the prototype they’ve unveiled has yet to be made mobile.



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Fabio Evagelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

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