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Tokyo Start-Up Unveils Futuristic Robot ARCHAX

CTO Akinori Ishii sits inside the cockpit of ARCHAX, a giant human-piloted robot developed by him and CEO Ryo Yoshida start-up Tsubame Industries Co., in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan September 27, 2023. REUTERS/Issei Kato

BNR – In a leap at the intersection of art and technology, Tokyo-based start-up Tsubame Industries has unveiled the robot ARCHAX.

The robot is 4.5 meters tall and inspired by the iconic “Mobile Suit Gundam” from Japan’s beloved animation series.

This innovative creation, priced at $3 million, captures the essence of Japanese animation and engineering excellence.

Reflecting Japan’s Engineering

Named after the ancient avian dinosaur archaeopteryx, ARCHAX boasts a cockpit equipped with monitors receiving live feeds from exterior cameras.

Furthermore, pilots can manipulate the robot’s arms and hands using joysticks within the machine’s torso.

Weighing 3.5 tons, this marvel of engineering has two distinct modes.

The first is the towering ‘robot mode’ and the second is a versatile ‘vehicle mode’ that enables it to traverse distances at high speeds of up to 10 km/h.

Ryo Yoshida, the visionary 25-year-old CEO of Tsubame Industries, envisioned ARCHAX as a fusion of Japan’s expertise in multiple fields.

Robot Beyond Entertainment

“Japan is very good at animation, games, robots and automobiles,” said Yoshida. “I thought it would be great if I could create a product that compressed all these elements into one.”

His creation aims to encapsulate the essence of Japan’s innovative spirit and cultural heritage.

Yoshida has a passion for manufacturing and he learned the art of welding at his grandfather’s ironworks. Previously, he founded a company specialising in myoelectric prosthetic hands.

His aspiration for ARCHAX goes beyond the realm of entertainment. Yoshida envisions its potential applications in disaster relief efforts and the space industry.

Additionally, the robot showcases the multifaceted capabilities of a remarkable creation.

The ARCHAX robot will make its debut at the Japan Mobility Show, marking a significant milestone in Japan’s technological advancement.


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