YOKOHAMA, Japan –
A company named Tsubame Industries, located in Tokyo, has created a robot that stands at 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) tall and has four wheels. The robot resembles the popular “Mobile Suit Gundam” character from a beloved Japanese animated series and is available for purchase at a price of $3 million.
The robot, named ARCHAX in honor of the ancient bird-like dinosaur archaeopteryx, utilizes cockpit screens to display images captured by exterior cameras. This allows the pilot to control the arms and hands using joysticks located inside the robot’s torso.
The 3.5-ton robot will make its debut at the Japan Mobility Show this month and has two distinct modes: the vertical ‘robot mode’ and a ‘vehicle mode’ that allows it to move at a speed of 10 km (6 miles) per hour.
According to Ryo Yoshida, the 25-year-old CEO of Tsubame Industries, Japan excels in animation, games, robots, and automobiles. He believed that creating a product that combined all of these elements would be a great idea.
I aimed to produce something that represents Japan.
Yoshida intends to construct and market five of these machines for affluent enthusiasts of robotics, with the potential for the robot to eventually serve in areas such as disaster response or the space sector.
At a young age, Yoshida developed a passion for production, acquiring welding skills from his grandfather’s ironworks. He eventually established a business that manufactures myoelectric prosthetic hands and is determined to maintain Japan’s manufacturing superiority.
He expressed his desire to gain knowledge from previous generations and continue the legacy.