Kuratas (KR-01) is a rideable and user-operated robot (mecha) built by the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Billed as “the world’s first giant boarding robot”, the Kuratas was unveiled when the website was opened in 2012. It will spar against the MegaBot Mark II in 2016.
Suidobashi is the brainchild of Japanese blacksmith Kogoro Kurata. Aided by Wataru Yoshizaki, a third-year doctoral student who
developed V-Sido software to power the robot’s 30 hydraulic actuators, iPhone connectivity, and control of the robot’s
hands. In January, the duo successfully launched their product in a commercial market; the Kuratas went on sale on Amazon Japan for the princely sum of ¥ 120,000,000.
Kuratas is a light-weight, single pilot mecha equipped with twin Gatling guns, an
advanced targeting system and a built-in heads-up display (HUD). It weighs approximately
4,500 kg, and is 4 meters high.
Estimated cost: $1.3 million