Japan builds a 20-meter robot that can move and even walk

A leaked video via YouTube revealed Japan’s plan to build a giant robot. Japanese engineers have been developing this 20-meter mass for some time, inspired by the popular anime series of the 80s Gundam, which will be officially presented at the Tokyo Olympics. And although the coronavirus pandemic slowed down the project, the robot literally started walking this month.

In the video you can see the gigantic humanoid taking its first steps. The robot, which is missing its head, is already moving its lower extremities and lifting its knee as if it were going to take a step. Since the video is accelerated, you cannot know exactly how long it takes to execute that move.

Workers can also be seen touching the robot on a crane as the giant Gundam rotates its massive torso.

Despite the delay in the general project, it seems that the construction of the robot is well advanced, because, from what is seen in the video, the only thing missing at the moment is the head.

According to the Digital Popular Mechanics, the entire robot, including the head, will weigh around 25 tons and have 24 degrees of freedom, which means that it should be able to walk practically anywhere. The robot will have hands with fully articulated fingers and thumbs. A single hand, from the tips of the fingers to the wrist, will measure almost two meters.

Jun Narita, head of design, explains that special considerations have been taken into account regarding the types of materials and motors because, otherwise, a hand could weigh up to 500 kg.

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The robot-building company, Gundam Factory Yokohama, was planning a pre-event this July, but it had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Originally, the robot was intended to be exposed to the public in October. According to a notice on the company’s official website, that date has also been delayed.

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The robot project was originally announced in 2014 under the name of Gundam Global Challenge, and over time it has been modified until it reached the current model. Your final destination will be to serve as an attraction in a resort.

The Japanese hero who was a hit in the West

The Gundam Wing series had 49 episodes and was first broadcast in Japan on TV Asahi, beginning on April 7, 1995 and ending on March 29, 1996.

The work directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa received multiple adaptations in manga, as well as in video games. Apart from this, two films (OVAs) were produced: an epilogue to the series called Operation Meteor, and a direct sequel Endless Waltz.

Gundam Wing.  The Japanese anime series aired in Argentina in early 2000.

Gundam Wing. The Japanese anime series aired in Argentina in early 2000.

Gundam Wing had a modest success in its native Japan, however, in North America the series was a resounding success, and as a result, it was dubbed into several languages, becoming a borderless success in the West. In Argentina, it was broadcast in the early 2000s by Cartoon Network.

Source: La Vanguardia


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