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Land Walker Is 1st Real Mech Warrior

Posted 5 Sep 2005 at 14:42 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

A Japanese company has created the World's First Real Mech Warrior Robotic Platform! Ok, so what if it only shoots little foam rubber balls, it is huge at around 10 foot tall and it does walk around controlled by a person inside activating foot pedals and joysticks. On the Sakakibara Kikai company website (babelfish is your friend), you can find more information as well as videos of the Mech moving (walking?) and shooting a space invaders target. It's $43,000 if you want to buy one.

Paintball anyone?, posted 5 Sep 2005 at 14:45 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Wouldn't it be great to get a group of friends in these things and have a paintball war in some mock city?

eh..., posted 5 Sep 2005 at 15:03 UTC by Balthaser » (Apprentice)

But there are rumors of it not being a true biped. it has wheels under its feet so it simply drags along each feet as it moves forward.

still, it's an amazing piece of development. The developer must be a real fanatic for all thing mecha.

Cool..., posted 5 Sep 2005 at 22:21 UTC by jeffkoenig » (Master)

It's too bad it only slides its feet, it would be great to plant some giant robo-footprints in the neighbor's yard.

The cockpit view itself would almost make up for it, though. I'd hook up a CMU cam to the air cannons and give my friends nice orange shirts to wear. Gotta win that lottery first, though.

Did anyone else laugh out loud at the sound of barking? That's one brave little doggy...

My other car is a land walker, posted 6 Sep 2005 at 01:53 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Kind of brings a whole new meaning to "I think I'll walk to work today!"

Impressive, posted 6 Sep 2005 at 12:21 UTC by c6jones720 » (Master)

Thats pretty impressive - imagine if it had arms too like The power lifter in Aliens

Actual Price, posted 6 Sep 2005 at 14:32 UTC by JamesBruton » (Master)

(from TFA) the actual price appears to be US$345,000, for that price I'm sure you could build a true bi-ped that actually lifts it's feet (even a little bit), and can carry a human, like this one (?):

it actually walks (videos here):

ok, so I don't know how much it cost...

...maybe I could make something out of wood and bungee cords? (and big air muscles).

those links again:, posted 6 Sep 2005 at 14:37 UTC by JamesBruton » (Master)

43 or 345?, posted 6 Sep 2005 at 18:46 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Oops. It looks like the place in another article that I gleened the price from was ?Austrialian? dollars? Looks like you're correct, the original article says 345k USD. I couldn't find a price on the company site.

I wish ..., posted 7 Sep 2005 at 04:11 UTC by marcin » (Journeyer)

that one australian dollar was worth 7 US dollars! Unfortunately the article was out by a factor of 10 - it should have said $430,000 (aussie dollars).


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