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Homemade Mecha Walks in Japan

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the first-alaska-now-this dept.

Robotics 349

EtherAlchemist writes "Sakakibara Kikai has pictures and even a movie of their Land Walker robot (Babelfish translation here) which appears to work. Powered by a 250cc gas engine and armed with several guns (including 2 that fire Nerf-like balls) it stands at a little over 3 meters. What makes this one interesting is that it is actually armed and it is piloted instead of being an exo-skeleton. Makes me wonder if the creators of shows like Robotech or comics/RPGs like Battletech have any kind of licensening rights on appearance. I'd like to see a Warhammer..."

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frickin japs (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151422)

should have finished em off when we had the chance.

Of Course (5, Funny)

jcuffe (873322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151423)

Japan would be the first country to build a walking robot that shoots stuff.

Re:Of Course (2, Funny)

michael376071 (870451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151441)

I for one welcome our..... We know if any country is going to take over the world with biped robots, its going to be the japanese

Re:Of Course (5, Funny)

SparksMcGee (812424) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151479)

I feel I speak for all frustrated nerds who have so often wished for a robotic engine of death of our very own when I say "Ha ha ha! Fools! I'll destroy them all!"

/with ackowledgments to Gary Larson

Re:Of Course (5, Funny)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151542)

Some people will do anything to win the con's costume contest.

Terminator (2, Funny)

Virtual Karma (862416) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151424)

Help!! the terminators are here

Re:Terminator (3, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151484)

"Help!! the terminators are here"

Okay, that's it. If anybody asks me if I've seen John Connor, I'm pointing in your direction.

Re:Terminator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151501)

theyre not terminators, theyre friendly schwarzenegger look-alikes.

FIRST GAY NIGGER POST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151426)

word to all my gay nigger friends on /.

now suck my cock

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151428)

welcome our new mecha overlords!

DARPA, are you listening ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151429)

Somehow, I bet they are ...

wow (1)

loupgarou21 (597877) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151432)

finally, a chance to download the cool video from a site _before_ it gets killed by appearing on slashdot

Another Mirror (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151700)

Likewise...

I figured I'd give the new Our Media [ourmedia.org] site a try and added this movie.

The file is located here [ourmedia.org] but doesn't show up until after some sort of waiting period. I have no idea how long it will take, or if it will even show up. Maybe somebody can post if/when it does.

Yes, the title is a little dramatic, but that's the evil overlord talking.

What the heck? (5, Funny)

FireballX301 (766274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151438)

It has one autocannon and a single gatling cannon. Where are the Extended range lasers? Or the Crossbow missiles?

I'm actually quite impressed though, but I'd like to see a shot of it actually walking around and such.

Re:What the heck? (1)

Sensible Clod (771142) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151554)

If you watch the video, you can see it walking around (very slowly), and I think shooting as well. The framerate is so low, I think I saw a ball shot from it, and what appeared to be multiple recoils, but I can't be sure. (I didn't get sound from it, but that might just be my setup.)

I want one (3, Funny)

randallpowell (842587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151439)

It'll make city driving easier once I can crush SUVs and shoot slow drivers with Nerf balls. Imagine that thing crushing SUVs and orange balls bouncing off cars.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Re:I want one (3, Funny)

Clay Pigeon -TPF-VS- (624050) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151566)

With its top speed, you would be better of walking using your own two legs...

(all you amputees can bite me)

Re:I want one (1)

randallpowell (842587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151714)

I can dream. Oh wait, speed? It should run faster than me. I'm a smoker.

Bot vs Bot (4, Funny)

Airconditioning (639167) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151443)

Still waiting paitently for the day they're armed with real weapons and used in arena style fights to the death.

Clearly they'd never be used against real people.

Right... (2, Insightful)

DietCoke (139072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151453)

/sarcasm alarm triggered

Just like the UAVs were just going to take pictures, right?

Re:Right... (1)

mjkjedi (717711) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151556)

I hate Ewoks as much as anyone else, but you saw what happened to the AT-STs on Endor, right?

Re:Bot vs Bot (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151525)

Only criminals and followers of that upstart from the colonies. What was his name again? Jeeesie? Josie? Yes, I know you're about to die. Enough saluting and on with the dying at the hands of imperial mechs!

Re:Bot vs Bot (1)

Clay Pigeon -TPF-VS- (624050) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151578)

Ah... I got warm memories thinking about battledrome (the forerunner to the earthsiege line of games). I miss my judicator.

welll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151444)

Now that's the end of us now, in'it?

/. already killed it (1)

JediLow (831100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151445)

Bah... I wish I could see the video. Anyone manage to mirror it? On another note - I so want one.

Re:/. already killed it (1)

JediLow (831100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151478)

Nevermind that... after sitting a bit I managed to grab the video. By the look of it the thing cheats - instead of actually walking it has the legs move but they never lift up - leading me to think that its due to whells on the bottom (along with the turning radius, it really shows that it runs on wheels). On top of that, the actual speed of it in the video is much slower than that of a person walking. Its still a cool toy - but its a far cry from having an actual working mecha (more like an odd care with a strage chasis).

I dunno 'bout you (4, Funny)

Huxley_Dunsany (659554) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151447)

...but I'm waiting for the battle-royale between this and the RoboShark!

Seriously, it's awesome to see two amazing robotic inventions like these - maybe Asimov's vision of a robot-filled future isn't so far off...

Huxley

PS I just can't wait till RoboSharks and Rooba's start mating... Land Shark!

Re:I dunno 'bout you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151546)

...but I'm waiting for the battle-royale between this and the RoboShark!

Oh, yes. It's all fun and games till the old people have their medicine eaten :)

who knows. (1)

nitinshantharam (873097) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151448)

who knows what secret stuff our military has been doing..(usa) not like they would every tell us. Now if it had some AI and could communicate..then i would be scared..

But... (1, Offtopic)

krautcanman (609042) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151452)

But we really want to know: does it run Linux?

Re:But... (1, Funny)

Virtual Karma (862416) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151481)

If it really runs Linux then every 30 minutes it will freeze, halt all operations, spit out print outs of baseless FUDs against Microsoft and then carry on. If it runs windows then every time it tries to communicate with any other Robot that does not run windows it will spit out an error message "The cheap ass robot next to me does not follow MS standards and follows alternate standards approved by the rightful authorities. Please ask them it buy windows."

Re:But... (1)

Mancat (831487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151502)

And if it runs OS X, "everything just works."

Re:But... (2, Funny)

mjjohansen (843037) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151600)

- but then it would have to be an official Apple product. Not enough semi-transparent white plastic for that.

Re:But... (5, Funny)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151605)

And if it runs OS X, "everything just works."

...but it's made of bright green plastic and you only have one button. And it's the self-destruct button.

Re:But... (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151638)

The famous last words heard on almost any mision that ends in failure. We now have released the comunication recording and can tell you what they were..

hey, whats this button do?

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151489)

But we really want to know: does it run Linux?

Into the ground, baby... into the ground! ;-D

Re:But... (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151518)

"But we really want to know: does it run Linux?"

Run Linux? It can barely walk slowly!

Pretty cool .. (4, Informative)

All Names Have Been (629775) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151455)

... Except that it's more of a shuffler than a walker. Still, some cool hacking went into this thing.

In case of a late-night Slashdotting, I've got a copy of the movie stashed temporarily: robo movie [toast442.org]

Re:Pretty cool .. (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151498)

"In case of a late-night Slashdotting, I've got a copy of the movie stashed temporarily: robo movie"

I triple-dog-dare-you to point a gun at it!

Yes, think R2D2 crossed with Tanya Harding (2, Informative)

Ender's in use2 (225209) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151510)

It very much rolls, not walks. It's clear that the legs do not even have to move. In fact, it's clear that if they didn't bother rolling the legs forward one after the other then the unit would move about five times faster than it does.


Very disappointing.

Coral Mirror (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151539)

and if that mirror dies Coral Version [thedarkcitadel.com] . (look for robo_s.wmv)

Re:Pretty cool .. (1)

antic (29198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151544)


They're going to need something that can pick itself up again if someone rams it with a car and knocks it over.

Still, future defence bots are going to be big money...

OMG!! DREAM COME TRUE!! (1)

dorphat (680432) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151456)

I've always wanted one of thoses! I kept asking Santa after I saw Robotech for the first time!

Santa failed me....

AT-ST? (1)

osrevad (796763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151457)

Makes me wonder if the creators of shows like Robotech or comics/RPGs like Battletech have any kind of licensening rights on appearance.

After looking at the picture of it, I'd be more worried about George Lucas.

Re:AT-ST? (1)

Kaorimoch (858523) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151570)

They would be more concerned with the Macross licensing being in Japan, rather than the Americanized Macross otherwise known as the Robotech First Generation Saga. That means look out for Big West.

Sweet (3, Funny)

Mr.Zong (704396) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151464)

Now we can pit the robot sharks against the robot suited humans in circle of sweet death.
Laser eyes, baby, laser eyes.

I love technology.

license? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151467)

Such a cool thing and the first thing timothy thinks is license?? Are we really at this stage where free thinking and trying are not allowed anymore?

Re:license? (0)

nate nice (672391) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151635)

You had better be careful with those ideas or you'll be whisked away too! Now go! Go quickly and don't look back. Room 101 awaits!

Re:license? (1)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151667)

i'm pretty sure your comment is an uncited copyrighted quote, CEASE AND DESIST

Wow (1)

The nickname (858442) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151468)

This thing will help man take over the world.. its so cool

Bad ass. (1)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151473)

Completely useless with the pseudo-walking, but still, if I had money, I'd buy 12. Deeeeyamn, that's cool.

Re:Bad ass. (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151504)

"Completely useless with the pseudo-walking, but still, if I had money, I'd buy 12." ... it'll be the best prom EVER!!

Re:Bad ass. (1)

Reckut (778576) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151687)

I wish to god I had mod points. Jesus..

walking mecha? (1)

loupgarou21 (597877) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151474)

watching the video it looks more like a shuffling mecha. It mostly looks like it's got some sort of wheels or rollers on the bottom of the feet

Re:walking mecha? (1)

Mancat (831487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151522)

By the way it turns, my guess is some sort of tank tread.

Walking? (2, Funny)

Forthan Red (820542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151480)

That a pretty lose definition of "walking". Reminds me of Tim Conway's little-old-man character's shuffle.

Re:Walking? (1)

awful (227543) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151659)

Run!!! It's chasing us!!!! Very very slowly...

And the Pilot? (5, Funny)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151482)

Any word on which 15 year old socially inept angst-ridden teenage son of one of the creators will be chosen to pilot it?

Re:And the Pilot? (1)

Mancat (831487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151513)

I don't know, but he'd better have massive spiked hair and some stupid name like Yeeru.

Re:And the Pilot? (5, Funny)

Slimcea (832228) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151515)

I'd say this is closer to the Gundam/Mechwarrior series rather than Evangelions (since the Eva series is pretty much organic in nature).

Of course, if this will lead to hot mysterious blue-haired girls with red eyes, then I'm all the more for it :)

Re:And the Pilot? (1)

O-SUSHi (820452) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151603)

Have you seen the amount of people that fit all those criteria on Livejournal? Blogger? Xanga? Millions of potential pilots to choose from :]

Re:And the Pilot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151704)

I WILL NOT RUN AWAY!!! ;D

gimme the job, gimmme gimme gimeee XDDDD

I wouldn't say "Walked" (3, Funny)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151492)

I wouldn't exactly say this thing walked. It rolled really.

Although this machine is really cool, It is kind of pointless to put guns on it (implying a military purpose) when enemy fighters could escape the contraption by simply fleeing over say, a parking block or curb.

Re:I wouldn't say "Walked" (4, Funny)

toddhunter (659837) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151622)

They same could be said of the daleks, but they did alright for a while

whoa (1)

fbartho (840012) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151494)

I was making a post where I was complaining that it was hard to believe the veracity of this article, until I saw the video, it was pretty damn cool, and now I can't wait for its big brother...

I'd want one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151497)

if it had boobs and looked like britney...the porn industry is going to make a bundle marketing these as sex toys...

So... (1)

pyr0r0ck3r (702602) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151500)

does it transform into a fighter jet or an SDF or what?

Relax ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151505)

John Connor won't need help taking this one down !

Arm it with (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151506)

Fricken lasers on its fricken head!

Homemade mecha in Oregon (4, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151507)

That's most excellent, but with some craft supplies, you too can have a homemade mecha walking in your house too. tee hee

Here's the costume I made to carry my son for Halloween:
http://hallert.net/mech/mechcostume.htm [hallert.net]

Here's a video of it in motion:
http://hallert.net/mech/WalkingTheMech.wmv [hallert.net]

Re:Homemade mecha in Oregon (2, Funny)

MrScience (126570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151531)

Looks like the engine had a core breach! [502 Denied]

Just because... (5, Insightful)

DuranDuran (252246) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151508)

> Makes me wonder if the creators of shows like Robotech or comics/RPGs like Battletech have any kind of licensening rights on appearance.

This may sound like a troll, but I don't mean it that way:

Just because in this day and age people can sue other people for just about any reason, doesn't mean that everything needs to be turned into a legal issue.

If I was a member of this mecha's development team and I read this, I'd seriously be wondering whether inclusion on slashdot was really such a good thing after all.

Re:Just because... (1)

Androk (873765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151558)

The peple that advocate sueing everybody for everything is the lawyers, go figure. Remember when the revolution comes, lawyers and politicians get it first... Androk

Re:Just because... (2, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151625)

The peple that advocate sueing everybody for everything is the lawyers

Really? Lawyers advocating legal measures? That's as strange as geeks advocating technical measures, HR/"people people" advocating discussion and negogiation, etc.

People tend to advocate courses of action that

a) they are familiar and comfortable with
b) will make them money

But don't forget, behind almost every sleazy, greedy lawyer is a sleazy, greedy client...

One word (3, Funny)

hydopower (869406) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151512)

Awesome. The Honda robot, those exoskeletons from a couple months ago(for instance the "old people" walker, as if that's the real purpose), this, and the robot that does Tai Chi suggest to me these things: 1) The Japanese are rapidly advancing in bizarre robot technology, in both manned and unmanned forms 2) They may already be armed with strange weapons 3) They're definately already being trained in the martial arts We had better be prepared.

Mirror of the Video (3, Informative)

ClamChwdrMan (790007) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151514)

Mirror of the vid for everyone: http://www.csupomona.edu/~iwsnyder/robo_s.wmv [csupomona.edu] The video is awesome. I love the nice touches, like the controls for the guns, and the self-lowering windshield.

Oh Babelfish... (2, Funny)

Raynach (713366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151516)

From the translated article:

The left side shot cancer/gun type (6 departure)

So this mech is equipped with a asbestos gun. Great.

Re:Oh Babelfish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151612)

>So this mech is equipped with a asbestos gun

It fires cigerettes. Nothing has such a killing power as them.

Re:Oh Babelfish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151650)

sorry, not asbestos. moondust.

Has anyone else noticed....? (3, Funny)

Bifurcati (699683) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151521)

Has anyone else noticed that this is the third robot post in the last 36 hours?!!!

Now might be a good time to get out the old Playstation and start practising against the apparently immeninent take over bid...

Walking... or sliding (1)

News for nerds (448130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151523)

The video (someone please mirror it)
http://www.sakakibara-kikai.co.jp/products/other/i mages/robo_s.wmv [sakakibara-kikai.co.jp]

What amuses me is it looks like it's sliding on the cement ground, rather than walking with their legs.

Re:Walking... or sliding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151564)

It is a giant robot doing moonwalk...

Watch out for that breeze! (3, Informative)

MrScience (126570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151524)

In the video, it is a bit unsturdy, I hope the guy piloting it doesn't get sea/car/motion/robot sickness easily.
Looks like it uses wheels in the feet to move around (interesting that it can pivot without having to reposition the feet). That design decision reduces the types of terrain available to traversing, though.

Reminds me a lot of the Mini Cooper "robot" [r50rd.co.uk] . I'd be suprised if the Land Walker were fake, though... it's just too imperfect. :)

I love the progress of science. I want a real Steel Battalion vertical tank! [teamxbox.com] (awesome game, btw)

Re:Watch out for that breeze! (2, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151708)

well.. just using a car would get you over more terrains than this fake-walker.

a car and an uzi = much more useful for settling disputes :)

this mecha won't keep me warm at night. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151541)

yeah, yeah, more wacky robotic shenanigans from the home of tentacle rape. But hey, it's got a minigun now, so it must be alright. eh? eh?

Whatever, call me when the Femmebots arrive.

That thing looks a bit unstable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151549)

I bet that a single ewok could manage to take it down.

Reason why it shuffles and doesn't walk (5, Informative)

taneem (873769) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151557)

It takes too much power to drive actuators to raise the feet off the ground. A lot more energy efficient to use the wheels. Of course, it's a lot more complicated to build a walking mech too, and what they've built thus far is remarkable already. Still, they take a hit in terms of agility - this mecha ain't going nowhere fast. Now it needs a jetpack...

American Efforts - MPS (1)

Wizarth (785742) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151568)

Mechanised Propulsion Systems [mechaps.com]

Group of people in the US who are working on a similar concept. But with less shuffling! It's all volunteer time and resources.

Sakakibara Kikai (4, Funny)

Kaenneth (82978) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151569)

Oddly enough, this translates to "Sarah Conner Finder"

Re:Sakakibara Kikai (1)

Myen (734499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151683)

Huh?
Babelfish gets "Sakaki field machine corporation". (My limited knowledge makes me think it should be "Sakakibara Mechnical Corp.") Relevant page [nyud.net] .

Either way, I'm not sure why this is considered "homebrew" - considering that it seems to be backed by a company of some sort.

For Great Justice! (2, Funny)

Kaorimoch (858523) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151585)

I hear it comes with a large speaker, which announces every 10 seconds "All your bases are belong to us."

Another Steping Stone For Ruling Elite! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151613)

I believe that mr bush did not lie when he said that the Draft will not be adopted ever! And yet this is a perfect example of what is to come. all you geeks out there might think that this machine is cool. But keep in mind that those who control the machine will no longer need willing people to fight their wars!!!

Hence this is another steping stone for the ruling elite!!

Read the Turth here http://www.wsws.org/ [wsws.org]

Just making sure... (1)

planetoid (719535) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151620)

Am I the only one who's saving these videos in a newly-created directory called "Holy Shit A Real Japanese Robot Oh My Fucking God Oh My Fucking God"?

Oh crap!!!! (1)

Vash_066 (816757) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151642)

I need this a GIANT Godzilla costume and a ticket to Japan ASAP!!!

Looks Like (2, Interesting)

willmeister (709686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151647)

their server is as badass as the machine - except its a bit faster. -- only in japan can some random guy host a 5 meg movie and be slashdotted without the server crashing and burning

Waddling Overlords (5, Funny)

MrFlannel (762587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151656)

I for one welcome our new ... oh, nevermind, it can't even walk right.

Incoming dropships (1)

mr.mighty (162506) | more than 9 years ago | (#12151692)

I'm expecting the announcement of incoming Draconis Combine dropships any time now.

I think I'd better stock up on Inferno missiles and launchers now, to beat the rush.

ohhh shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12151693)

this is big, this is real big, one of my lifelong dreams is to be a mecha pilot. XDDD cooolsheezy man, im wetter then a Japanese schoolgirl in an allmales bishounen summer camp over this.

What is particularly cool about this is the actual feeling of being like 20 feet in the air and walking, shit whats this guys phone number im flying to Japan.

Also, this mech doesnt look anything like anime versions, I prefer Guymelf!#$ said it XPPP
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