Transformer fans rejoice! Your dream of owning a personal BumbleBee isn't that far away- thanks to the Japanese engineers who created a 3.7-metre tall transformer style humanoid robot called "J-deite RIDE" which can transform into a two-seater electric auto, reported Reuters.
Cars are great and all, but wouldn't they be so much greater if they were actually robots in disguise?
The ride-able transforming humanoid robot, "J-deite RIDE" robot is unveiled in Saitama, Japan, April 25, 2018.
It's the culmination of a project that began fifteen years ago and has gone through several smaller permutations.
Now a consortium of Japanese technology companies has created a real Transformer: J-Deite Ride.
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Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics, who spearheaded the project, cites his childhood TV shows as his desire to make J-deite Ride a reality. But if that person would rather sit back and relax, another user can operate the robot using a remote-control connected to a wireless network, according to a statement from Brave Robotics.
Cool! But when do we get our transforming bumper cars?
In the demonstration video, the 3.7 meters tall robot morphs into a blue electric auto in under a minute.
Ishida hopes that people will not see the robot as an "expensive toy", but rather something that inspires others and encourage animation. Then, this November, they plan to bring J-deite Ride to the IAAPA expo in Orlando, Florida.
It's creators eye the more sedate pace in amusement parks or parades around the world.