He has no horns. You don't shout "Asterohache" when you want to start it but you can become a pilot. Goldorak or one of these other giant robots from Japanese cartoons is a dream come true for the Japanese Ryo Yoshida, creator of a monster controlled from the inside. With its 4.5 meters height and 3.5 tonnes, Archax moves at a speed of 10 km/h (a trifle for Actarus) thanks to the pilot perched in its high-tech cockpit. And the latter deploys the 26 joints as he wishes, including two enormous hands, via two joysticks, two pedals and a touch screen.
“I want to make people’s dreams come true. The dream we had when we were children, that of getting into a robot and controlling it like in science fiction films,” explains Mr. Yoshida, the young boss of the start-up Tsubame Industries. “It’s a machine that allows people to have a little taste of this (science fiction) world,” this 25-year-old entrepreneur told AFP in the aisles of the Japan Mobility Show, where his machine worth $3 million is one of the big attractions.
As for the use of these machines, Ryo Yoshida oscillates between the playful, like robot fights, and the practical, like missions to clear rubble after disasters or construction.
But his goal is not only to develop robots, he especially wants to create a system that integrates the pilot and the machine. “The idea is not that the pilot just gets on board and pilots but that he becomes the robot, as if he himself became gigantic,” says this enthusiast. Like in Grendizer...