Anime, Tech

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Tachikoma

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Like, from Ghost in the Shell. But a real one. From New Launches (which also has more pics and a short video):

The Japanese have created a life sized Tachikoma robot
one in which you can actually travel. They call it the ‘personal
edition’, the cocoon shaped vehicle (for non Tachikoma fans) has a
camera on the outside which projects the view on the spherical cockpit
inside (image after the jump). … it can be controlled by a joystick. For now it can accommodate a medium sized passenger weighing no more than 60 kgs.

I can only assume this is a back-up plan in case the 60-foot Gundam needs a break from grinding Japan’s enemies under its massive foot or something. Thanks to grungegoat for the tip.