Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Japanese company builds working 'Transformers'-like robot that turns into a auto

SHAPE-SHIFTER Engineers have created a robot that turns into car REUTERS SHAPE-SHIFTER Engineers have created a robot that turns into car
Jodi Jackson | 29 April, 2018, 01:19

The two-seater "J-Deite Ride", which was unveiled on Wednesday, transforms from robot to vehicle, all with the passengers safely inside.

Anime mechanical designer Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam, Yatterman, Armored Trooper Votoms, Time Bokan 24) collaborated on J-deite Ride's designs.

Brave Robotics' YouTube channel states that J-deite RIDE is a two-seater electric vehicle that can change form into a humanoid-style robot, even while the passengers are inside the vehicle.

In practice, it's hard to envision how a go-karting experience would work with cars that could start transforming into a lumbering behemoth in the middle of the track.

The "J-deite RIDE" takes 60 seconds to change from being a humanoid robot that can walk - very slowly - into a drivable, but not street legal vehicle.

"Sansei will seek to develop and commercialize transforming robot type amusement rides for amusement parks, such as "transforming go-karts" or 'transforming demonstrations at parades, '" the press release reads.

The machine is more impressive on wheels.

The creator of the transforming robot were inspired by "Transformers" franchise.

The J-Deite Ride is the creation of two robotics companies, Asratec and Brave Robotics. The prototype is also planned to appear at IAAPA Attractions Expo, which will be held at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from November 12-16. Sponsors are being recruited for the Ride which will allow it to be used for promotional purposes at exhibitions and performances.

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