It’s like it was made by Gundam fans for Gundam fans
The startup Tsubame Industries presented an unusual development at the Japan Mobility Show, which runs until November 5. According to eyewitnesses, the huge humanoid transforming robot works “like a real one.”
Tsubame Archax is a Gundam fan’s dream, one of the longest active anime franchises in anime history, dedicated to huge fighting robots of all kinds. Tsubame Archax is about 4.5 meters high, weighs 3.5 tons and costs $3 million. Archax is the first product from Yokohama-based Tsubame. It is the result of four years of research and development.
This is how TheVerge journalist, who personally visited the exhibition, described the event:
Inside the Tokyo Big Sight showroom, huge by any standards, the Archax towers above the mundane supercars and concept cars that dot the space. Every hour or so, the Tsubame staff runs a simple demo where Archax raises his arms, waves to the crowd, and switches from robot mode to car mode and back again.
First the robot battle league, and then the exploration of the moon
The transformation is carried out in 15 seconds, the robot is capable of moving at a speed of 10 km/h. There is also a cabin in which the pilot-driver is located. The first stage of development is more amateur and entertainment. They plan to sell five copies and organize something like a robot battle league. However, subsequent plans are more serious – the company intends to develop the space sector, and especially the exploration of the Moon.
Tsubame CTO Akinori Ishii said:
There are many specialized machines on Earth for special jobs. We can’t have that many machines on a lunar base. So perhaps a humanoid machine would be used in such a situation.