The 3.5-meter-tall robot that can transform into a two-wheel-drive vehicle running at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour, or 37 mph.

  • Japanese inventors have unveiled their humanoid Transformer robot
  • Called 'J-deite half' it can change from a robot into a car 
  • Eventual plan is to build one 16.4ft (five metres) tall by 2020  
  • The robot is only a prototype and will not be available for public release 
 
Ever wanted to own a Transformer? Thanks to a Japanese company, that dream is not far away.
Called 'J-deite half', it will be a 3.5-meter-tall robot that can transform into a two-wheel-drive vehicle running at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour, or 37 mph.
Its creators, Brave Robotics and Asratec Corp, say it will hit the streets in 2017 - and have already built a working quarter scale version.

Brave Robotics Inc. and Asratec Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., said they have begun work on a 3.5-meter-tall robot that can transform into a two-wheel-drive vehicle running at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour, or 37 mph. 
They aim to have a working model by 2017.
The robot in its humanoid form to walk at 30 kph with wheels and at 10 kph on foot. 
Weighing 700 kilograms (1,540 pounds), the machine could transform in less than 10 seconds into a two-passenger vehicle that could be controlled from the cockpit or remotely.
A quarter-sized prototype was unveiled in October 2014. 
'Brave Robotics and Asratec started joint development of a huge transforming robot 'J-deite RIDE'' the firm's said.
'J-deite RIDE' is the high-end model of the 'J-deite Quarter' which was announced last year, and it also adopts Asratec's robot control system 'V-Sido OS.'
'We aim to complete development in 2017 and development process will be continuously announced on this website.'
The prototype robot was created by a collaboration involving Brave Robotics, Asratec and Takara Tommy.
Scheduled to be completed by 2020, the current robot is 4.3ft (1.3 metres) tall - but it will eventually be 16.4ft (five metres) high.


The first prototype, which weighs 77lbs (35kg), was unveiled at the annual Digital Content Expo in Tokyo on 23 October last year.
It can walk on two legs at a speed of 0.62mph (1km/h), but when it changes to 'car mode' however, it can reach speeds of 6.2mph (10 km/h).

The prototype, which weighs 77lbs (35kg), was unveiled at the annual Digital Content Expo in Tokyo on 23 October last year.
The prototype, which weighs 77lbs (35kg), was unveiled at the annual Digital Content Expo in Tokyo on 23 October last year.

When the prototype changes to 'car mode' it can reach speeds of 6.2mph (10 km/h).
When the prototype changes to 'car mode' it can reach speeds of 6.2mph (10 km/h).

In the video it is seen moving its head, lifting its arms and of course changing into car mode - all in a matter of seconds.
However, when in robot mode it seems to prefer an awkward waddle, rather than walking in full stride like a real Transformer.

It is powered by something called 'V-Sido OS', software designed by creator Wataru Yoshizaki to allow anyone to control humanoid robots.
The team doesn't have plans to release the robot to the public, instead only building it as a prototype.

The robot has even been give the 'face' of a Tansformer
The robot has even been give the 'face' of a Tansformer
 
Humanoid to car in a flash.
 
 
Pictured is 'J-deite quarter' in car mode
Here 'J-deite quarter' is seen in robot mode
The prototype robot was created by a collaboration involving Brave Robotics, Asratec and Takara Tommy. Scheduled to be completed by 2020, the current robot is 4.3ft (1.3 metres) tall - but it will eventually be 16.4ft (five metres). It operates in both car mode (above) and robot mode (bottom)

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