Japanese engineers create real-life Transformer robot

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The idea is to use such robots in theme parks and at exhibitions of automotive and robotic equipment. It has a theoretical maximum "walking" speed of 18.6 miles per hour and can reach 37.3 miles per hour in driving mode. And the car's two passengers can sit inside the vehicle as it transforms around them into robot form.

The J-deite Ride, however, claims to be the first ridable real-world transforming humanoid robot.

Kenji Ishida, the CEO of Brave Robotics, told ABC that he initiated the project based on beloved anime heroes of his childhood.

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Ishida hopes that people will not see the robot as an "expensive toy", but rather something that inspires others and encourage animation.

So far they've kept their giant robot confined to the factory floor, but they'll show it off in public in Japan during a May racetrack event.

The prototype - made of an aluminum alloy frame, powered by a lithium battery and electric motors - will be on display next week at GoldenWeek DOKIDOKI Festa All Working Cars Assemble in Tokyo, and at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 trade show in Florida this November.

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In the meantime, J-Diete Ride will be displayed in parades and at amusement parks in Japan - and children are bound to gather at its feet and stare in amazement. They included some cute concept sketches of how they envision the robot being used.

The Turkish Letrons project already produced a prototype transforming auto that made an appearance at the Japanese premiere of Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight film previous year. At the same time, one does not need to leave the driver's seat during the transformation.

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