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Dial carefully! Meet Kuratas, the million dollar robot which weighs four tons, shoots when you smile and is controlled by iPhone

  • Robot unveiled in Japan today will go on sale for £900,000

  • Kuratas can be controlled by motion sensor technology in the one-man cockpit or through any phone with a 3G connection

  • As well as auto targeting your enemy it is easy for those looking for sweet vengeance - the robot's heavy artillery fires 6,000 bullet per minute when the pilot smiles

By Sara Malm

PUBLISHED: 15:29 GMT, 29 July 2012 | UPDATED: 12:59 GMT, 31 July 2012

A Japanese electronics company has unveiled a 13ft super-robot which can be controlled by an iPhone.

But be careful with the jokes if you are on the phone to the pilot as the robot, made by Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Tokyo, brings a whole new meaning to ‘trigger-happy’.

'Kuratas' is fitted with a futuristic weapons system, including a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which fires when the pilot smiles.

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Transformers assemble: The 13ft, four ton, super-robot is going on sale for £900,000 - but you have to pay extra for the cup holder

Kuratas, made by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or from the outside using any smartphone connected to the 3G network.

The robot, which is set will go on sale for £900,000, has around 30 hydraulic joints which the pilot moves using motion control

As it is made to order the style conscious buyer will not have to worry about sticking to the grey exterior - it comes in 16 colours, including black and pink, and for an extra £60 they will sort you out with a cup holder.


Simple touch: All you need to remote control the robot is a 3G connection and works particularly well with iPhone's touchscreen


You can also use the MasterSlave control system where you move a tiny version of the Kuratas - with an iPhone strapped to its back - to get the life-sized one to follow your bidding

Engineers Wataru Yoshizaki and Kogoro Kurata were saluted in front of Kuratas together with their pilot Anna when they showcased the robot at the Wonder Festival in Chiba, suburban Tokyo earlier today.

The team have been working on the robot since 2010.

The company also released a video where very attractive Anna gives step by step instructions of how to operate the Kuratas.


Rush hour: If you have grown weary of a traditional commute Kuratas is fully functioning on the road - but will not get you to work any faster as its top speed barely hits 7 mph

The video reminds the viewer of the security instructions on an airplane with Anna taking on the role as futuristic airhostess.

If you are not the piloting kind of millionaire, Kuratas can be operated using what Suidobashi calls the ‘Master-Slave system’ where you control the robot’s movements from outside using any device with a 3G network such as an iPhone.

‘Automatic alignment allows you to lock on your enemy target. Kuratas will not allow any targets to escape.

'With the alignment set appropriately the system will fire BBs when the pilot smiles.’


Pilot Anna is set to enter the robot's cockpit and poses with the two men behind it: Wataru Yoshizaki, left and Kogoro Kurata after whom the robot has been named


Female 'pilot' Anna looks out the cockpit of Kuratas - with onlookers breathing a sigh of relief at the stern look on her face as the trigger for the heavy artillery is a smile

Realising that there may be a flaw with this system of opening fire, the video warns the pilot against smiling too much whilst operating the Kuratas weaponry.

Kurayas is 13ft tall and weighs four tons – not including the pilot.

The four wheeled legs ensures that it is easy to transport and the pilot will be able to drive it at a top speed of just under 6.5 mph.


Its been an honour serving with you all: Engineers Wataru Yoshizaki left, Kogoro Kurata, right, and Anna, centre, pose in front of Kuratas after Anna disembarks

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