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Giant movie robot comes to life

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 - 01:29

Nov. 28 - A Japanese artist creates a giant 4-ton robot inspired by movies, cartoons and toys of his childhood. Tara Cleary reports.

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Flexing its metal muscles, the 4-meter or 13-foot-tall Kuratas robot. Creator Kogoro Kurata wanted to bring to life the machines of his childhood fantasies. Even though he realizes his prototype doesn't hold too much value for society. SOUNDBITE: Kogoro Kurata, Kuratas designer, saying (Japanese): "The robots we saw in our generation were always big, always had people riding them. I don't think those have much meaning in the real world. But it was my dream to ride in one of those giant robots, and I think that it's a kind of Japanese culture." Kuratas is operated from inside using a hand-held controller that allows the driver to move at a speed of up to 10 kilometers or 6 miles per hour. And for the imaginative, there are all sorts of ferocious, but fake, weapons that can be added to the package, like the SMILE SHOT - a BB-gun that slays with a smile. But seriously, Kurata hopes his robot will inspire future inventors. SOUNDBITE: Kogoro Kurata, Kuratas designer, saying (Japanese): "By building this, I hope that it'll be a trailblazer for people who can do more than me to make different things. They might be able to create a society that uses robots in a way I can't even imagine." And with a price tag of around $1.3 million US dollars, Kuratas isn't likely to be high on anyone's Christmas gift list.

Giant movie robot comes to life

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 - 01:29

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