As a cars’ fan, I was going through my usual feeds when I stumbled upon this one on Car Throttle. Transformers which introduced us humans to self transforming robots has its own wide fanbase. Anyone who has been a fan of Transformers, including me, always wished if those robots from the series existed in real life. Well, that looked like a fancy thing which only Michel Bay could do in his movies.
That’s until two Japanese firms took the concept seriously and made a real life Transfomer robot. Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki, engineers from Brave Robotics and Asratec respectively are working on this project called J-Deite. Both the companies have said they have no plans to make it a commercial offering.
The first working prototype in series is J-Deite Quarter, which is of 1/4 scale. It can transform from a robot to a car, just as expected. Robot can maneuover at merely 1 kmh while the car can go as high as 10 kmh. Well, there’s lot of fine tuning to do but it looks impressive so far. Their target for 2016 is the 1/2 scale robot which will be 8 ft. tall before they build full sized 16 ft. robot in 2020.
I’m just wondering what will be the output if this robot is mated to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in near future. Whether it becomes intelligent or not, I’ll choose one which can transform into 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 – Eleanor to rule the roads.