This is a discussion on Life-Size Functional Mech Called the Karatas; Touch-Screen and 3G Phone Controllable within the Amazon Kindle Fire News forums, part of the Amazon Kindle Fire & Site News category; Okay, so this story isn't directly Android related, but since it is such unbelievably cool tech, we just had to share it with you. (Plus ...
Okay, so this story isn't directly Android related, but since it is such unbelievably cool tech, we just had to share it with you. (Plus it is both touch-screen and 3G phone related, so we can easily justify it.) A company called Suidobashi Heavy Industry has developed an actual, life-sized and functional Mech! This faux combat robot is called Karatas, and comes with a number of intriguing features to get your "battle" fix, or you can even use it for more mundane tasks.
This behemoth super-toy uses a number of different control systems with the included custom operating system, called V-SIDO (Bushido). This OS allows for you to control it with either a set of master-slave joysticks, a Kinect interface & internal touch-screen controls, or you can even remotely control it through a 3G connection to your phone. It gets even better. The Karatas features a ride-in cockpit, an auto-lock targeting system, a water-propelled "eco-friendly" Rocket Launcher, and a "smile-controlled" gatling gun that fires 6,000 BBs per minute.
Even though the device is meant as a giant toy, and is not designed to really hurt anyone, it is still very intimidating. It stands almost 13 feet tall, weighs 4.5 tons, and can travel at a top speed of 10KM per hour. For now, the Karatas is a one-off project, but if it takes off, the company intends to produce more and make them fully customizable. Of course, the price for entry could be considered a bit steep. The base model before any customizations starts at over $1.3 Million dollars... Better start saving those pennies!
Who wants one?
Source: TechCrunch and ????? | Suidobashi Heavy Industry