If you were a child of the eighties and nineties and loved robots and action figures, then chances are you always wished for a real-life Transformer that would transform on its own. That dream is finally here (well, almost) as Kenji Ishida built and marketed the first remote-controlled car that can transform into a robot.
Although not in any way connected to Hasbro, the maker of the Transformers line, Ishida’s Transform Robot Version 7.2 does what the Transformer robots do (well, again, almost). It can convert from a 1/12 scale RC car into a robot hero in just seconds, controlled by a seemingly modified Playstation remote. The robot is able to walk on two legs and the car can run on its four wheels. It also comes with a rocket launcher, working lights and even a WiFi camera so the user can “follow” the adventures of the robot/car.
Ishida, who is a hobby robot researcher from Kashiwa, wants to bring this toy even further. He hopes to be able to build the first ever full-size, fully transforming robot/car hybrid by 2030 and that humans can actually ride in.
The Transform Robot took a decade of research by Ishida’s Brave Robotics to come into fruition. Right now, he is only offering a very limited run of 10 robots that will be shipped a month after you order. In the long run, it just might get mass-produced since the robot and its parts have been 3D printed. He is currently preparing to unveil his invention at Maker Fair Tokyo 2012 next week. Check out the video of the robot’s transformation here:
[ via Daily Mail ]