Real Transformer Robot That Turns Into a Sports Car in Seconds Built by Engineers - BNA iTech


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Real Transformer Robot That Turns Into a Sports Car in Seconds Built by Engineers

Transformers movie. We don't just wonder whether it will be good. We wonder whether we'll see robots with Transformers' capabilities during our lifetimes. While full-scale Transformers seem a little implausible - and impractical - it turns out that some existing robots have a lot in common with Transformers.

We'll begin with an analysis of Prime himself. He's enormous and impressive, but could he ever be real? To find out, we asked engineer Michael D. Belote what it would take to build a full-scale tractor-trailer that can convert into a bipedal robot. In other words, what would it take to make a life-sized version of Optimus Prime?

Engineers and robotics scientists are racing to build a full-sized Transformer robot that is 
able to walk upright, but also transform into a working car by 2020.

Transformer is real

So far, the team, led by Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics, a pioneering creator of transformable robots, has succeeded in building a humanoid bi-pedal robot out of 3D-printed parts that stands at 4.3ft high.

Upright, the robot is known as "J-deite Quarter" as it is a quarter of the size of a normal car, which measures 16ft (5m) in length.

It can walk at a speed of 1km/h (0.62mph), but once it transforms into a 3ft-long car, it can travel at speeds of up to 10km/h with about 1.5in of road clearance.

Transformer is real
Transformer is real

J-deite Quarter can be operated for an hour on a single 3kW battery charge.
It runs a proprietary operating system called V-Sido OS, developed by Wataru Yoshizaki of Asratec Corp. V-Sido OS is ground-breaking advanced software that can make programming movements for humanoid robots much easier in real-time on a computer (watch video below). 
Transformer is real
The robot, J-deite Quarter, was designed by Japanese engineers Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki. In about 30 seconds, the four-foot three-inch tall walking android jerkily rearranges itself into a car capable of 10 km/hr speeds.

The robot weights 35kg (77lbs) and is arrayed in blue car panel parts just like the toys, which instantly click into place within seconds as the robot transforms.
Ishida, who built his first transforming robot at the age of 22 and has been a huge fan of robots all his life, plans to bring Transformers to life as a real life-sized robot by 2020, but at present the prototypes are not being released to the public.Transformer is real
"The goal of Project J-deite is building of a giant transformable robot [that is] 5m long. It is the same size as a car – an object of the same size transforms, walks, and runs.

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