Rideable Kuratas Robot Mecha Unveiled at Wonder Festival
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
A series of streaming videos document the unveiling of Kuratas, the hydraulic 4-meter, 4-ton rideable robot by Kōgorō Kurata. The robot was revealed to a swarm of attendees at Japan's Wonder Festival on Sunday. The robot uses Wataru Yoshizaki's robotic control software V-Sido (a homonym for "bushido") to move around. With Yoshizaki's help, Kurata has been developing the robot since January of 2010.
An official promotional video detailing how to operate the robot and its "Smile Shot" shooting system is currently streaming on Kurata's Suidobashi Heavy Industry group channel in English.
A second promotional video details Kuratas' accessories and build-to-order system. Those wishing to purchase the 100 million yen (about US$1.27 million) units can customize the paint and accessories to their liking via Suidobashi Heavy Industry's website.
Kōgorō Kurata is an iron craftsman who is best known for building a life-size VOTOMS statue. Despite the robot's appearance and presentation, it is still considered an "art piece" according to the official promotional videos.