Transformers For Real: Watch a Robot Become a Car
Transformers is a work of fiction. The movies and television show about cars and trucks that transform into heroic robots isn't real, but it did inspire one man to create his own version of Optimus Prime in the real world. Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics has been working on the idea since his teens and now he's helped create a real working prototype. This blue robot is a little smaller than Optimus Prime at 3.5' tall and he's a little slower with a 20 mph top walking speed, but he's a great start. Once he transforms from robot to car he's a little faster with a 40 mph top speed. The final version will have room for two passengers once the transformation process is complete and will be driven from the cockpit or controlled remotely. RELATED: See The Nightmarish Robotic Cheetah
It's called Project J-Deite and it's the combined effort of Brave Robotics and Asratec. Their plan is to build the final version of their 1,500-pound transformer by 2017. The final build will be four times larger at 11' tall and it will transform into a driveable vehicle in only 10 seconds.
The robot is powered by V-Sido operating system software designed by Asratec. Their parent company, SoftBank, is behind the humanoid robot Pepper. That robot will go on sale later this year, which lends some credence to this project. According to the Wall Street Journal, there's no word on when or if it will be available public, but if this is what we're aiming for with autonomous cars, we're in.
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