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Real-Life Transformer Robot On Sale In Japan

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the roll-out dept.

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Modellismo writes "Last May a Japanese hobbyist revealed a DIY, real-life Transformer Robot Car that received lots of feedback. Now Kenji Ishida is back with a new version that will be officially presented next weekend at the Maker Faire Tokyo 2012. This new 1/12 scale autobot is made using a custom 3D printer (build by Kenji himself), and finally Transformers fans around the world will be able to buy it. The official price has not been disclosed. For now the production is limited to 10 pieces. It's possible to choose the color of the robot that comes built and programmed, complete with a wireless controller in a numbered case."

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The Japanese and robots (5, Interesting)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year ago | (#42093371)

I once asked a Japanese friend "What's with the obsession with robots?" He said it actually went back hundreds of years to the national art form of Karakuri ningy [wikipedia.org] . So I guess it's not such a recent thing, after all.

Re:The Japanese and robots (3, Insightful)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42093459)

Well, it's not like the West didn't have its own fair share of humanoid automata, fictional or not... The Mechanical Turk (a fake, but a nice one), the contraptions of Jaquet-Droz...I'd even throw the Golem of Prague into the mix, although that's more like "magitech". :-)

Re:The Japanese and robots (2)

jpatters (883) | about a year ago | (#42099731)

It goes back at least as far as ancient Greece with Talos [wikipedia.org] from the Jason and the Argonauts myth.

Ha! Cue a lawsuit... (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42093377)

...Hasbro will not be pleased.

Re:Ha! Cue a lawsuit... (1)

poetmatt (793785) | about a year ago | (#42093813)

its 2012. I don't think Hasbro is going to risk boycotts or paying an assload to court over trying to imply they own all toys worldwide. That Brats vs Mattel (barbie) case pretty much put a stop to that.

Transformers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42102415)

and Michael Bay will not be pleased. Each Transformers movie was CaRaAAAAPERrrrrRRRrr than the last. This is a million times better.

"built using a custom 3d printer" (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42093387)

Is every tool which does anything but draw on paper going to be called "3d printer" now? And is everything which has at least one part created using a tool so labelled going to be referred to as if entirely "built using a 3d printer"?

The guy built a remote control car which vaguely turns into something looking like a robot. This is kinda cool, I guess - the '80s was full of stuff like this.

Why not full size? (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#42093389)

We can put a man on the moon, but I can't drive a giant advanced transforming evil alien robot? WTF?

Re:Why not full size? (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about a year ago | (#42093415)

There is a good reason.
I watched this with no sound, it may have swears. You are warned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjYFLR-EqGQ [youtube.com]

Re:Why not full size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42096117)

Awesome and no swearing. SFW.

Re:Why not full size? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42093429)

The 1960s can put a man on the Moon.

We certainly can't.

All of the profit! none of the risk!
Shareholders! shareholders! rah rah rah!

Re:Why not full size? (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | about a year ago | (#42094037)

We certainly can't.

Can't? No. Don't want to? Yes. Honestly, there isn't much point to it, and never was. Landing a man on the moon was mostly a dick-waving contest in the first place. Yeah sure it's cool, but it has very little scientific purpose beyond proving it can be done... which was already known anyways.

Re:Why not full size? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about a year ago | (#42094151)

Sending a man on a one way ticket to Mars is an equally futile example of dickwaving, but plenty of People on /. are all for it. It is geek version of who can piss higher on the wall.

Re:Why not full size? (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about a year ago | (#42094653)

Well, am just a 23 years old guy, so the days of the space race were over before I was even born. But still, I imagine it's effect on kids. People you would ask, at 10 years old, what they want to do later on, they would probably say things like "I want to be like Armstrong" or "I want to walk on the moon, too!".

Just look at Felix's jump, it was just a commercial feat and a big-ass advertisement, but people saw it everywhere, and everyone I know was pretty fascinated about it.
Sure, kids won't really strive to jump out of the stratosphere tomorrow. But I do believe that a generation surrounded by events such as faster-than-speed falls and men walking on Mars would be way more profitable in the long run than a generation surround by the latest trends in stupidity and self-importance.
But hey, if we can't see tangible profit in 5 years, there is no way anyone would fund it...

Re:Why not full size? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about a year ago | (#42095199)

There actually is a fairly good argument for landing people on Mars: latency. Best case, you are going to get ~5 minutes of lag with all commands to robots, and you can't trust the robots to run themselves completely. Bandwidth is also a problem, but that could be dealt with on the technical side. Latency cannot. Putting a human on Mars would mean you could do 100x the exploration in the same amount of time. That could be worthwhile. That problem doesn't exist for the Moon, as it is only a few light-seconds away. Humans are a bit faster even there, but not nearly as much so as they would be for Mars.

Re:Why not full size? (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#42094839)

Yup. Landing a guy on the moon was pointless.
Putting a bunch of people up there and some infrastructure so that we can build or at least fuel craft from the moon is not pointless.
Moving launch vehicles out of a weak gravity well like that of the moon is a huge step toward cost effective utilization of the solar systems resources.
This is something we really do need.

Re:Why not full size? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about a year ago | (#42135351)

That's like flying from LA to New York by first dismantling the plane in Miami and then putting it and all it's fuel on semi trailers, along with all the equipment and materials to build the runway and all the people needed and all the support equipment... and then moving it all off road from Miami to LA.

It's not a huge step towards anything - it's sheer insanity. You don't save any fuel by launching from the moon when you have to ship all the fuel there in the first place. You don't make something cost effective by spending trillions of dollars up front.

Re:Why not full size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42136249)

That might be true if they had not found massive amounts of frozen water on the moon.
Since they have that means that we have a bunch of very heavy fuel there.
Being that most of the energy used to get anywhere in the solar system is used lifting fuel out of earths gravity well.
It seems to most people versed on the subject in the slightest that having at the very least a fueling facility on the moon
would be incredibly beneficial.

Re:Why not full size? (1)

islisis (589694) | about a year ago | (#42094047)

Ahead of you.

        1/8 scale transform robot - More bigger transform robot
        1/12 scale symmetry combine robot - Inventing combine system

        1/5 scale transform robot - More bigger transform robot
        1/12 scale combine robot - Inventing many parts combine system - Inventing super AI system

          1/1 scale transform robot - Transform robot anybody can ride - The robot think by super AI system

from: http://www.braverobotics.com/history_en.html [braverobotics.com]

Re:Why not full size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42096187)

Ahead of you.

2013 1/12 scale symmetry combine robot - Inventing combine system

Sweet, it's going to harvest our crops! Maybe we'll finally end the daylight savings shenanigans!

Re:Why not full size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42094371)

That's if you get a cool advanced evil transforming alien bot in the first place. You might be stuck with an alien transforming wussbot instead.


Re:Why not full size? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42094509)

I thought the AutoBots were the good guys.....

Awesome but.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42093403)

[rimshot heard around the world]...does it run Linux?[/rimshot]

Re:Awesome but.... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#42094305)

Probably, but TFA is firewalled off here. There are few computing or robotic devices that can't run Linux.

Easy irony! (1)

aglider (2435074) | about a year ago | (#42093507)

Great advancements in robotics!
Next step will be real life toy Gundam [wikipedia.org] !
Mod to -2: too ironic!

Re:Easy irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42095001)

They are working on a Gundam-like exoskeleton:


I want a full size transformer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42093987)

That can transform into a slot machine. Wouldn't it be awesome if every time you won it did a little dance?

Or have it literally shit coins into a metal container?

I love slot machines. They are so much better than human friends.

Transformers are real... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42094065)

...in Japan!

Re:Transformers are real... (1)

VanessaE (970834) | about a year ago | (#42101735)

It's a robot. You know - like a super-advanced robot. It's probably Japanese. Yeah, it's definitely Japanese.

Obligatory /. question... (4, Funny)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about a year ago | (#42094165)

1 - Does it run linux?
2 - is the HW RPi based?
3 - Crowdfunded?
4 - Frikkin lasers?
5 - Does this guy accept bit coins?

If the answers to those questions are yes, yes, yes, yes and yes than I want a whole beowulfcluster of them! :-)

Re:Obligatory /. question... (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#42094303)

Geez, you got all those and didn't ask if it blends? You must be new here!

Re:Obligatory /. question... (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about a year ago | (#42094359)

Yup! 469682uid's newer than you actually. That is why I also forgot to put in "OMG Ponies!" because I am a complete n00b and just came out of my egg yesterday... :-P

Re:Obligatory /. question... (1)

cynyr (703126) | about a year ago | (#42102261)

oie! Kids! Keep it down and get off mah lawn! (sorry finally found someone with higher UIDs than me to do that to).

Re:Obligatory /. question... (1)

tgd (2822) | about a year ago | (#42104601)

oie! Kids! Keep it down and get off mah lawn! (sorry finally found someone with higher UIDs than me to do that to).


Why aren't Africans making these? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42094183)

Anybody? Must be the LAND MASS that they live on, magically holding them back, and making them less intelligent than Japanese people, right? Correction: making them MUCH less intelligent than Japanese people.

VIdeo (1)

anonymousNR (1254032) | about a year ago | (#42095853)

That video is not very convincing. It might as well be stop motion.

Re:VIdeo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42097177)

"That video is not very convincing. It might as well be stop motion."

It is. The moment I noticed how many scripts the assholes running that site were trying to jam down my throat, I stopped, motioned to my cat that all was not well, and left. Fucking script bait.

Should redo the video. (1)

Seor Jojoba (519752) | about a year ago | (#42098499)

The car/robot is amazing. But Kenji needs to redo the video to use better lighting, camera, or something. Get a pro in there to shoot it.

Re:Should redo the video. (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year ago | (#42100517)

In Japan, it is impolite to call people you're not intimate with by their first name.

Re:Should redo the video. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42102529)

In America, it's impolite to patronize people with redundant info about a foreign culture on an American website.

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