Tokyo-based startup Tsubame Industries has developed a 4.5-meter-tall four-wheeled robot that looks like a character from a hugely popular Japanese anime series. The robot has a price tag of $3 million.

Named ARCHAX after the bird dinosaur archeopteryx, the robot has cockpit monitors that receive images from cameras attached to its exterior so the pilot can maneuver its arms and hands with joysticks from inside its body.

The 3.5-ton robot, which will be unveiled at the Japan Mobility Expo later this month, has two modes: an upright “robot mode” and a “vehicle mode” in which it can travel up to 10 kilometers per hour.

“Japan is very good at animation, games, robots, and cars, so I thought it would be great if I could create a product that combined all of these elements into one,” said Ryo Yoshida, the 25-year-old CEO of Tsubame Industries. “I wanted to create something that says, ‘This is Japan.’

Yoshida plans to build and sell five of the machines for robot fans, but hopes the robot will one day be used for disaster relief or in the aerospace industry.

Yoshida became interested in manufacturing at an early age, learning to weld in his grandfather’s ironworks and then founding a company that produces myoelectric prosthetic hands.

Source: The Japan Times