Published on December 1st, 2012 | by Alex Blake1
Man invents armed robot that shoots when pilot smiles
Many children have outlandish dreams. Some want to be an astronaut, others want to become superheroes. Fuelled by movies and TV shows, Kogoro Kurata dreamt of building a giant robot. Then he did it.
The 4-metre monster walks at around 6mph and has a special compartment allowing a user to ride along. It has a special controller that allows it to move in various ways, although it is not yet known if it is capable of dancing to Gangnam Style. It can, however, also be controlled using an iPhone. Let’s hope Kurata isn’t mugged any time soon.
More menacingly, the robot has a built-in weapon system that allows it to fire plastic bottles or BB gun pellets. In a macabre twist, the gun-firing mechanism is triggered by the pilot’s smile.
Artist Kurata sells his robots for a hefty price tag of $1.3m. For that, buyers can customise various parts of the robot such as the colour scheme and add cup holders. Just what you want as you pummel your annoying neighbour with bottles.
However, Kurata hopes that the main legacy of the robot is that it will be a “trailblazer”, inspiring others to follow in his footsteps. He believes others will modify the idea, producing creations unimaginable today and eventually leading to a wholly different society from our own.
An admirable idea, although he may have a hard-time convincing people that a world filled with massive, armed robots is a desirable one.