Hajime Sakamoto sits in the pilot seat of his 4 meter tall robot

Hajime Sakamoto takes a ride on giant robot legs

By Jason Falconer
January 15, 2013

Have you ever dreamed of what it would be like to pilot a giant robot? If you have, you’re not alone. A roboticist by the name of Hajime Sakamoto dreams of building his very own Gundam mobile suit, and he’s making progress on a real 4 meter (13 feet) tall bipedal robot that can carry him around. So far the legs have been completed, and you can watch them stand up and take a few steps in the video below.

Unlike the Kuratas, which was built by an iron working artist and moves on wheels, Sakamoto’s robot is the real McCoy. His company, the Hajime Research Institute, has been building humanoid robots for the better part of a decade, in various sizes, which have competed in RoboCup soccer matches over the years. In 2009 he built a 210 cm (7 feet) tall humanoid robot, which was controlled with a standard game pad, but apparently that wasn’t big enough.

His ambitious 4 meter (13 feet) tall robot will eventually be outfitted with an upper body, if he can secure the necessary funding. The torso will act as the cockpit, and its two arms will be controlled by moving a pair of miniature arms attached to the front of the pilot’s vest. The plan is to gradually build bigger and bigger robots, culminating with one that matches the specs of the Gundam mobile suits – like the statue erected in Japan a couple years ago, but with working parts.

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