You may be wondered when you hear about the new fantasy car/ robot/pal which is now released in Japan. Enjoy it, your childhood dream comes true and it is sitting under lock-down in a Japan warehouse. Imagine J-deite RIDE is the “cousin” of Optimus Prime that could transform from a robot into a vehicle. Although he remains fictional, his “cousin” has come to life.
J-deite RIDE is a working, transforming robot that can change between a humanoid form and a functional car. It can stand almost up to 4 meters tall in its imposing robotic form, before morphing groundwards into its chunky vehicular configuration.
J-deite RIDE – a joint venture between three separate robotics and machinery companies – has been in development since 2014, and its makers are now ready to show it off at Japanese exhibitions, plus the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Florida in November.
We love everything about J-deite RIDE which is drawn up by legendary mechanical designer Kunio Okawara of Gundam fame – this changeling has a few shortcomings compared to the alien hybrids we know from cartoons and movies.
In a nutshell: speed.
Compared to the almost instantaneous transitions made by the original Transformers – to say nothing of the almost unwatchably quick transformations seen in the Michael Bay movies – J-deite RIDE is something of a slouch.
While this giant robot can indeed transform its shape, let’s just say if it were an Autobot, there’d be virtually no chance of saving the day from the evil Decepticons.
It takes J-deite RIDE a whole minute to change from a robot into a car (or vice versa), and if you think that’s a little on the slow side, we haven’t even touched on its walking speed.
On wheels, J-deite RIDE’s engineers say it has a ‘theoretical’ driving speed of 60 kilometers per hour (37 miles per hour), and the same wheels enable the robot to roll along at half that speed.
When the robot walks, though, it’s almost comically slow: 100 meters (328 ft) per hour, which is so much slower than Usain Bolt, well… we’re not even going to bother calculating the difference.
The robot’s makers – Asratec, Sansei Technologies, and Brave Robotics – say that once their prototype is fully developed, they’re intending to commercialize the technology for use at amusement and theme parks.
So no, it won’t defeat Decepticons. But it’s guaranteed to drop a few jaws and make an awful lot of people happy.
Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics, who spearheaded the project, cites his childhood TV shows as his desire to make J-deite Ride a reality.
“The robots I’ve seen in animation movies since childhood all have this kind of look and they transform into or combined with each other to become something else with people on board,” Ishida told Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “So I grew up believing that robots had to be capable of such things, which became my motivation to develop this robot.”
Source: ScienceAlert. Read the original article.