Shooting Robot at $1 Million price at Amazon

Robots
and Japan have been a duo in the sci-fi genre for decades, but a Japanese
company has taken that to the next level by posting a 13 foot tall robot for
sale on Amazon. The Kuratas by Suidobashi Heavy Industry takes cues from the
operator’s facial expressions and can use those to shoot at an enemy.

Kuratas
is a $1 million mech suit with a BB Gatling gun that fires off 6,000 rounds per
minute. It takes cues from your facial expressions and fires off the Gatling
gun when you smile at it. Who hasn’t wanted a wearable robot suit equipped with
a BB Gatling gun that fires off 6,000 rounds per minute? Well, if you have an
extra $1.02 million laying around and are a fan of online shopping, today’s
your lucky day.

The
Kuratas by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, which looks like something straight out
of a Transformers movie, is now for sale on Amazon Japan. The mech suit takes
its cues from your facial expressions to know when to shoot at an enemy. For
example, smiling sends a signal to the robot to unleash the Gatling gun. This
command is called the “smile shot.”

 
(Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU
TSUNO/ AFP /Getty Images)

Here’s
how it works. You can control it by either climbing into its cockpit or use a
smartphone connected to a 3G network. Kuratas is 13 feet tall, weighs four
tons, and has four mechanical legs that allow it to move at 10 kilometers per
hour. Kuratas runs on diesel and can detect targets with its automatic
alignment. “I had this vision of the future for robots, which is my passion,”
Kogoro Kurata, the robot’s creator, tells Zoomin.TV. “It seemed unlikely that
anyone would develop giant robots however long I waited. And so I thought, I
might as well make one myself – that’s how it started.”

Unfortunately
that $1 million only gets you the starter kit. The arms and forearms are sold
separately. And there are no shipping discounts via Amazon Prime. But I’m guessing
if you’re spending $1 million for a robot, you can scrounge up some loose
change for the needed accessories. Kuratas was designed in 2012, and at the
time Suidobashi Heavy Industry said it received more than 3,000 orders for the
robot. But they all eventually backed out, thinking the product wasn’t real.
“It’s funny to see the panicked emails come in from people abroad, saying they
thought it was a joke,” Kurata said in 2012. There is only one unit in stock
for the Kuratas on Amazon Japan. Let’s hope whoever buys it just uses it to
“toy” around and never fires off the Gatling gun.

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