Japan consistently creates cooler shit than the rest of the world, so it’s no surprise that Japanese robotics experts constructed the world’s first remote-control Transformer.
Children of the eighties rejoice as the first ever real-life, working Tranformer exists, a far cry from the plastic toys that we all grew up with and loved.
Kenji Ishida, a hobby robot researcher from Kashiwa, in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, built the unofficial Transformer, known as the Transform Robot Version 7.2, which converts from a 1/12 scale RC car into a robot in seconds, and vice versa.
Just when you thought it was already way too cool to be true, it also comes equipped with a rocket launcher in each arm, working lights, and a WiFi camera that allows users to follow its exploits.
Users control the Transform Robot with a joystick reminiscent of a Playstation controller.
It is able to both walk on two legs and, just like any other RC car, drive on its four wheels.
By 2030, Mr. Ishida hopes to build his first full-size, fully working transforming robot that humans can ride.
Mr. Ishida, Shut up and take our money.
Stephen Willard | Elite.