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Someone in Japan Has Just Developed an IRL Optimus Prime-Style Transformer Car

It can switch from driveable car to four-metre-tall humanoid robot in about a minute.
By Libby Curran
April 30, 2018
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Someone in Japan Has Just Developed an IRL Optimus Prime-Style Transformer Car

It can switch from driveable car to four-metre-tall humanoid robot in about a minute.
By Libby Curran
April 30, 2018
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In the latest example of movie land crossing over into reality, a Japanese team has created a four-metre-tall Transformers-style robot that can switch between walking mode and vehicle mode in about a minute.

The work of robot software company Asratec, a prototype of the J-deite RIDE robot was unveiled last week, and will be on show at the GoldenWeek DOKIDOKI Festa All Working Cars Assemble in Tokyo on May 5.

The design is operated both by wireless network remote control and by a steering wheel in the cockpit, with two people able to ride inside at once. Asratec's unique V-Sido robot control systems allow the robot to transform from a driveable car to a walking humanoid giant, though clocking in at around 60 seconds, it's fair to say the process isn't quite as speedy as in the movies.

A group called Sansei Technologies is now looking to develop the technology for 'robot-type amusement rides' — it sounds like transforming go-karts could be just around the corner.

Published on April 30, 2018 by Libby Curran

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