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The ARCHAX, a massive four-wheeled robot that stands at 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) tall and resembles the legendary “Mobile Suit Gundam” from the well-known Japanese cartoon series, has been unveiled by Tokyo-based start-up Tsubame Industries. This enormous robot, which will be displayed at the Japan Mobility Show and is priced at $3 million, has both robot and vehicle modes.
ARCHAX: The Robot Inspired by Gundam
The pilot of ARCHAX, which takes its name from the avian dinosaur Archaeopteryx, can control the robot’s arms and hands using joysticks via cockpit monitors that broadcast views from exterior cameras. This 3.5-ton humanoid robot can move at up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) per hour by switching between an upright “robot mode” and a “vehicle mode.”
Bringing Japanese Expertise Together
The 25-year-old CEO of Tsubame Industries, Ryo Yoshida, declared a desire to combine Japan’s skills in robots, games, animation, and cars into a single product. The result is ARCHAX, a robot that combines these various components and stands as an example of Japanese invention and innovation.
Uses Not Just for Entertainment
While Yoshida sees larger uses for the enormous robot, ARCHAX is marketed as a high-end product for robot enthusiasts. He imagines its potential use in the space business or areas other than entertainment. The robot’s adaptability, which combines humanoid qualities with vehicular movement, suggests a range of settings in which it might be useful.
Japan’s Manufacturing Edge to be Maintained
Ryo Yoshida, who has experience in manufacturing and previously started a business that made myoelectric prosthetic hands, wants to help keep Japan’s manufacturing advantage. Yoshida regards ARCHAX as a symbol that shows Japan’s prowess in technical innovation and has a strong desire to learn from the past and conserve traditions.
Tsubame Industries intends to produce and market five ARCHAX units, aiming to appeal to fans of future robots. In addition to its commanding appearance and high price tag, the Gundam-inspired robot’s introduction serves as a monument to the blending of entertainment, technology, and Japanese craftsmanship. It also opens doors to future applications that go beyond those.
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