Inspiration can come in many forms. For example one man in Japan has been inspired to build a 4 tonne, 13 feet tall (4 meter) Battle Mech Robot which he named Kuratas.
39 year old, Japanese artist, Kogoro Kurata is the man behind turning pretty much every child’s wildest dream into being (I say “every” in the loosest of terms, though really, who didn’t want a giant robot they could pilot?). He got his inspiration from various anime series and films that he watched as a child such as AT Votoms and MS Gundam and turned his childhood wish of being able to pilot his own battle mech robot into a reality.
Kuratas is a big grey elegant beast of a robot, with a built in pilots seat, a hand held controller that controls the robots arms, moves it up and down and drives it to speeds of up to 10 kph (6 mph). Kuratas is also equipped with its own operating system which allows for it to be controlled by remote control from an iPhone. Its guns shoot plastic bottles or BB pellets, so whilst it is ‘battle ready’ you are likely to only get a bruise or two if this behemoth decided to shoot you down.
It can shoot over 6000 BB pellets a minute and is able to lockdown onto targets so that no one can escape.
One of its most exciting features is that its Twin Gatling Gun can release this crazy amount of bullets at the flex of your smile. Yes, you read that correctly. The gunfire is powered by your smile. Smile wide and unleash a rain of BB terror on your target. This feature is called The Smile Shot. You can basically take out all of your enemies with a single smile. So if you are a particularly smiley person and you are piloting Kuratas a shooting spree is sure to ensue.
Futuristic airhostess Anna, gives a guided tour on how to pilot Kuratas below:
If you are wondering if you can buy one of these bad boys, and if so, how much is your wallet going to hurt? Then the answer is fairly painful… To get your very own Kuratas, it will cost you somewhere to the tune of around 110 million yen ($1.3 million). Ouch! But not surprising if you think about just how badass this is. Plus, think how amazing Kuratas will be if the smile shooting battle mech gets developed further?
You can find out more information on Kuratas on Kogoro Kurata’s website here.
Below is a video of Kuratas in all its battle mech glory:
What do you think? Did you ever want your own giant battle mech robot that you could pilot yourself? What do you think of Kuratas’ Smile Shot feature? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.