Technology A 60-Foot Japanese Gundam Robot Just Took Its First Steps

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From the futuristic Avatar X Lab to drone servers in restaurants, many areas of Japan have fully embraced the realm of robotics. However, the country’s latest technological feat is perhaps its best yet. Although this might look like science fiction or some behind the scenes footage of Pacific Rim, this is actually an 18 meter tall robot that is in construction in Japan.


Designed after the popular Gundam robot from multiple TV series and manga, this is by far the largest robot ever created. This gigantic creation can be seen lifting and lowering its legs in preparation for its debut in October 2020, although that may be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Gundam robot, it’s a popular fictional character from a Japanese science fiction franchise created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise. It was first featured in 1979 on Mobile Suit Gundam, a TV show featuring giant robots in a war-like setting. Since then, Gundam has appeared in over 50 TV series, movies, video games, and manga.


Gundam Factory Yokohoma has been working on the robot since January with the aim of providing the spectacle of a 60-foot, 25-ton walking robot. Popular Mechanics reports the robot will feature articulated fingers, 24 degrees of freedom, and the ability to support its huge weight, adding to Japan’s impressive robotics records.


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