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Kuratas Mech for Sale


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If you've dreamed of operating your own mech, here's your chance! For a mere $1.3 million, the Kuratas mech from Suidobashi Heavy Industry can be yours:
Called the Kuratas, the human-controlled robot was created by a group calling itself Suidobashi Heavy Industry lead by Kogoro Kurata, an ironworker and artist. Standing more than 12 feet tall and weighing 9,920 pounds, the Kuratas was unveiled over the weekend at Wonder Fest 2012, an annual hobby convention in Tokyo, Japan, where it was — unsurprisingly — the hit of the show.

The Kuratas features a humanoid upper body and four insect-like legs with wheels. It's designed to seat one person in its "chest," which pivots above a waist and has one fully-articulated arm on either side. Pressing a button on the front of the robot opens the driver compartment canopy, allowing you to climb inside its cramped interior. Once inside, the canopy closes and you're presented with a large LCD display and an array of lighted indicators.

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Worth every penny, I can only imagine what the Japanese on the streets thought when they saw this thing rolling around. And that control system was pretty unique.
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