Robotics

Kidswalker mech gets upgraded with gripper and drill arm

Kidswalker mech gets upgraded ...
The Kidswalker NT is a new and improved version of Sakakibara-Kikai's gasoline-powered robot ride
The Kidswalker NT is a new and improved version of Sakakibara-Kikai's gasoline-powered robot ride
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The Kidswalker NT is a new and improved version of Sakakibara-Kikai's gasoline-powered robot ride
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The Kidswalker NT is a new and improved version of Sakakibara-Kikai's gasoline-powered robot ride
The throttle opens and closes the gripper and rotates the arm in and out
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The throttle opens and closes the gripper and rotates the arm in and out
The Kidswalker NT features a gripper that opens and closes
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The Kidswalker NT features a gripper that opens and closes
A rotating "drill" attachment does serious damage to giant monsters
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A rotating "drill" attachment does serious damage to giant monsters
The arms now move up and down and rotate in and out at the elbow
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The arms now move up and down and rotate in and out at the elbow
The Kidswalker NT features a new protected cockpit that folds up and down
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The Kidswalker NT features a new protected cockpit that folds up and down
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Kids these days have it made. Case in point: Sakakibara-Kikai's latest creation, the Kidswalker NT, a miniature gasoline-powered exoskeleton that wouldn't look out of place in a Saturday morning cartoon. The original Kidswalker, unveiled in 2010, was designed to placate youngsters who demanded a ride in the company's much larger (and potentially more dangerous) Landwalker. As cool as it was, the Kidswalker has now been upgraded with additional features.

The Kidswalker NT (NT likely standing for New Type) now sports a chest plate that flips up to protect its pilot, and has new moving arms with gripper and "drill" attachments. The latter are activated by twisting the throttle-like controls, and should come in handy when giant monsters attack (which seems to be a fairly common problem in Japan). And, although it doesn't actually walk, the leg movements have been improved for added realism.

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The 1.6 meter (5.2 ft) tall, 180 kg (397 lb) robot was a moderate success for the company, selling at least eight units just a few months into production. At a cool US$21,000 this is childhood wish fulfillment on an extravagant scale, but you can always rent one for a day if it's a bit out of your price range. Adults looking for something a little more intimidating will have to settle for the much larger (and more expensive) Kuratas.

Source: Sakakibara-Kikai

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Stephen Colbourne
You have to make it walk !!!