In Yokohama, Japan, a Tokyo-based startup called Tsubame Industries has created a 4.5-meter-tall robot with four wheels that bears a striking resemblance to the famous Mobile Suit Gundam character from the immensely popular Japanese anime series.
A 3.5-ton robot, set to offers two distinct modes: an upright “robot mode” and a “vehicle mode” capable of reaching speeds of up to 10 km/h.This impressive robot can be purchased for a price tag of $3 million
After years of dedicated effort and meticulous planning, this colossal robot has taken its first steps, becoming a reality that fans and tech enthusiasts could only dream of.
Japan, renowned for its vibrant manga and anime culture, has now brought one of its beloved fictional figures, Gundam, into the physical world.
Ryo Yoshida, a 25-year-old entrepreneur and CEO of Tsubame Industries, expressed his vision, saying, “Japan excels in animation, gaming, robotics, and automotive industries, so my idea was to create a product that combines all these elements into one.”
Although the official unveiling of this monumental robot was initially scheduled for October 1st at the Gundam Factory in Yokohama, the event had to be postponed due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, fans of Gundam, a multi-billion-dollar franchise encompassing manga, anime, collectible toys, and video games, were treated to an exciting video showcasing the robot’s test movements.
Engineers embarked on the ambitious project to design this mobile Gundam robot six years ago. Notably, they imposed weight restrictions on each of the robot’s 24 movable components to ensure seamless operation.