Gundam is a science fiction media franchise created by Japanese animation studio Sunrise that features giant robots (or “mecha”) called “mobile suits”, piloted by humans. So it’s not really surprising that the Japanese built an actual working exoskeleton that emulates their favorite anime such as Gundam.
According to an article by The Japan Times, the exoskeleton robot suit by Skeletonics was “developed by 24-year-old Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku and other members of the 2008 Robocon robot contest champion team from Okinawa National College of Technology.”
This 2.6-meter-tall, 30- to 40-kilogram Skeletonics contraption functions easily enough as you only needed to climb up and into its metal frame and them moving your own arms and legs as the exoskeleton will move around along with you.
|This exoskeleton is developed by a company called Skeletonics.|
However, although it doesn’t require electricity, Skeletonics only built this exoskeleton for entertainment purposes as Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch -style resort and theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, purchased one of the models at around ¥5 million (approximately PhP 2 million), and has featured it prominently in its parades. It has yet to have a practical use such as boosting the wearer’s strength or speed, or be used in nursing care or disaster relief efforts.
Check out the video by Visual Gaiden and see for yourself how this exoskeleton looks like and how it works!