Could This Towering 13 Foot Robot Lead To Real Life Gundams?

As Japan rebuilds their giant Gundam statue, Hajime Sakamoto remains unimpressed. He wants to build a working Gundam, and hopes his company's 13 foot humanoid robot -- complete with room for a human pilot -- is a step in the right direction.

So far they've completed one of the robot's legs, but that's a far cry from a fully functional humanoid. To bring it to completion, his company -- the Hajime Research Institute -- is looking for sponsors and contributors to help fund it. If it does ever get built, the 13 foot tall robot could be the grandfather of a full-sized Gundam, since Hajime hopes to follow it up with a 26 foot bot, and then a 59 foot bot, the same height as one of the anime mobile suits.

The R&D behind this project also paves the way for the eventual creation of Mechagodzilla, giving Japan some much needed defence against eventual monster attacks. [Hajime Research Institute via Plastic Pals via TechCrunch]


    Oh yeah sure... build that! What could possibly go wrong. Say, why don't we call it Skynet?!

    about bloody time!

    meanwhile a competing Japanese firm will be hard at work genetically manipulating human cells to create skyscraper-sized beings, only controllable via powered, mechanised, armour-like suits...

      Piloted by 14 year olds.

        I'm sure we could get the worst possible selection of mental unstable children, who are strife with serious parent issues around here somewhere...

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