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Kuratas


Kuratas
The closest you can get to Tony Stark’s suit, this Japanese super-robot provides you with your own weaponised, armoured suit
Price: £650,000
Country of origin: Japan
Main function: Armoured suit

Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese engineer, always dreamt of seeing the giant robots in the television shows of his childhood come to life. With the help of another roboticist, he built the world’s first human-piloted robot – Kuratas. Standing at a towering four metres (13 feet) tall and weighing 4,500 kilograms (9,920 pounds), Kuratas is truly impressive to behold. Unveiled in 2012, it has a host of superb technology, including a fantastic heads-up display in the cockpit and advanced weaponry. One of its most sinister features is the firing system for its 6,000 rounds per minute BB Gatling gun; the pilot can fire simply by smiling. It’s run by an intelligent V-Sido operating system, designed by the head roboticist who helped build Kuratas. The software enables the robot to be controlled by an internet-enabled smartphone, a feature known as the ‘Master Slave System’. Amazingly, a fully-fledged version of this incredible robot is already available to buy, showing just how far robotics has come in the last 20 years. Kuratas is actually set to fight a similar creation from an American company, Megabots, to see who has created the toughest mechanoid. The American robot is tough, but once you’ve seen Kuratas it’s hard to bet against it.

Kuratas