Japan is building a massive walking Gundam Robot

Japan is on its way to build a massive humanoid robot at the port of Yokohama.  The 60-feet-high robot is modelled after the iconic Gundam sci-fi franchise.

When completed it will be an engineering marvel and the most advanced full-sized Gundam ever built. The team behind the project is configuring the giant robot to have 24 degrees of motion.

Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Gundam series has left an indelible mark on Japanese culture and the world of animation and have served as an inspiration for dozens of series and movies that has robots as the central character. The proposed robot will be a replica of vintage RX-78-2 Gundam.

The robot is estimated to weigh around 25 tons, which is more than enough to test the limits of common motor, materials and actuator technologies. The plans for making these massive robots were started in 2014 with the launch of Gundam Global Challenge project. During a recent press conference, the team behind the project had revealed a 1/30 scale model of the robot.

Scheduled opening date for the robot is October 1 this year. The attraction which will include an exhibition centre, hands-on robotics lab, conference facilities, shops and a café serving “Gundam-inspired menu items”  and will remain open until October 3, 2021.

It is also interesting to note that the creators will be releasing a full-scale virtual copy of the robot that aspiring programmers can use to develop their own actions and poses. The team is using the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo simulation software for the development of the robot.

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