Why Everyone Needs a 13-foot, $1.35 Million Airsoft Battle Mech
If you can still remember the days of Robotech, Appleseed, and anything Ikira Kurasawa then you’ll know the feeling you had as a kid wondering what it would be like to pilot your own battle drone. Unfortunately this one cannot fly or orbit planets for that matter, but you can certainly roam the streets in cyber-mechanical style.
Meet Kuratas, a 4.4 ton battle droid developed by Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Its 6,000 round-per-minute BB Gatling guns have the potential to provide serious cover fire for an all out airsoft assault. To operate the guns, simply smile and watch Kuratas’ control system kick into action with automatic alignment (otherwise known as The Smile Shot). Featuring automatic and manual operation, the robot completely encases the operator within its chassis. Once safely inside your armored mech, you’re surrounded by an array of controls and a wide screen heads-up display.
With over 30 hydraulic joints allowing for range of movement in arms, legs, and torso,Â Kuratas is simply menacing. It still uses wheels for movement at a rate of 6 mph, but plans are in place to get this thing walking. It’s also capable of firing water bottle rockets or fireworks. Could a military version be in the works? It makes me smile when I think about it.
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