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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Punching Robot by Makers of the Kid Walker Mech

Last year Sakakibara Kikai got a lot of attention for creating the Kid’s Walker; a mini-mecha that shuffles along, driven by a pint sized pilot. After getting a whole lot of internet love, the company was able to sell 8 units of the mini-mech for $21,000 USD each.
They’re back in the lab again, now designing a human piloted punching robot. Though nothing like those monstrosities in movie “Real Steel”, this bot seems faster than their previous creations. I see them being used in amusement parks, pitting patrons against each other …

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[6 Oct 2010 | 15 Comments | ]
3 Reasons Why Building a Giant Mecha is a Really Bad Idea

Mechas, we grew up with  them, Voltron, Gundam, The Mighty Orbots, The Power Rangers’ Megazord. It’s a pretty long list. As a kid you thought  it would be cool to pilot one of those things (I still do).  Well, actually it wouldn’t. The whole idea of  using a giant-sized humanoid robot in battle is incredibly ridiculous. Here are 3 reasons why.
1. It would be ridiculously expensive!
How expensive? Try around *960 million dollars!!.. for just one!
Takayuki Furuta, the director of Japan’s Future Robotics Technology Center, did the math. Back in 2008 in …

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