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Giant Mech Robots From Japan 104

New submitter Hanike writes "According to The Verge, Japanese hi-tech company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is developing a 13-foot, diesel-powered, real Mecha robot called Kuratas! 'The two-man team — artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki — isn't stopping there, either. Suidobashi wants to mass produce, starting at the low price of $1.35 million. So, what do you get for the money? Kuratas has over 30 hydraulic joints that allow it to freely move its arms, legs, and torso. It can fire water bottle rockets and fireworks, and its 6,000 round-per-minute BB Gatling guns are controlled with the pilot's smile; part of Yoshizaki's V-Shido (read like bushido, as in "way of the samurai") control system. In order to get around, the four-legged mech uses ordinary wheels, but the Suidobashi team wants to get it walking in order to navigate uneven terrain.'"
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Giant Mech Robots From Japan

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  • Smiling? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Sigvatr ( 1207234 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @10:59AM (#40828955)
    How are you supposed to stop smiling when you are mowing down your enemies?
  • Re:Smiling? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Jeng ( 926980 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:01AM (#40828973)

    Don't worry, you'll frown once you run out of ammo.

  • by CosaNostra Pizza Inc ( 1299163 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:10AM (#40829087)
    to be mass-produced for monster truck rallies here in the states. XP
  • by ZiakII ( 829432 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:15AM (#40829137)
    The robot can only be controlled by a small person such as a 12 year old girl with orange hair.
  • Re:Smiling? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Ol Biscuitbarrel ( 1859702 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @11:50AM (#40829569)

    When you're smiling
    When you're smiling
    Your enemies get mowed down

    When you're laughing
    Oh, when you're laughing
    Bullets riddle the entire town

  • by Razgorov Prikazka ( 1699498 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @12:18PM (#40829895)
    BSoD ==> used to mean: Blue Screen of Death
    BSoD ==> now means: Bloody Shoot out Drone

    But of course it will only go "bzzrrk" when there is a virus in the MS OS. The rest of the time it will be more like this:
    Operator: Kill pedestrian *points at a little grandmom with a walking-aid*
    MS OS: This operation might harm you or other people, are you sure? [yes] [no]
    Operator: *clicks yes*
    MS OS: are you really sure? [yes] [no]
    Operator: *clicks yes and grunts*
    MS OS: To complete this operation you need administrator privileges, do you want to continue? [yes] [no]
    Operator: *clicks yes and grunts and moans*
    MS OS: Enter administrator password here [ ]
    Operator:*type type type type type type*
    MS OS: loading bullets, 1 second remaining
    MS OS: loading bullets, 30 seconds remaining
    MS OS: loading bullets, 2 hours remaining
    MS OS: loading bullets, 7 minutes remaining
    MS OS: loading bullets, 1 second remaining
    Little grandmom: *already safe at home making tea*
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @04:00PM (#40833333)

    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ echo "granny @ heading 36.3 azimuth -14.5" > target
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ open_fire target
    bash: open_fire: command not found
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ sudo apt-get install open_fire
    E: Unable to locate package open_fire
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/open_fire/open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz
    2012-07-31 15:56:43 (450 KB/s) - `open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz' saved [14437]
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ tar -xvf open_fire-0.4.6.tar.gz
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ cd open_fire-0.4.6/
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ ./configure
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ make
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ sudo make install
    operator@ubuntu ~/ $ open_fire target

    * punches holes in pavement *

  • by Michael Woodhams ( 112247 ) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @08:15PM (#40836447) Journal

    Teenage pilots are required because, as has been well established, mecha are powered by angst. Any organization which operates mecha also has a secret division of agents who mess with the pilot's lives to ensure they remain sufficiently angsty.

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