"Modern day robots are here to replace the old repetitive and dangerous tasks. Throughout various competing industries robots are making their way into society forming a close working relationship with humans."
Developing a new bond between human and robot, Suidobashi Heavy Industries has successfully built and developed the Kuratas. The Kuratas is a Military "Mecha" or "Mech" mobile weapons platform. This particular robot is classified as a Military robot due to the roles it performs, while currently it serves as nothing more than a civilian art piece.
The Kuratas robot was developed by artist Kogoro Kurata (after whom the suit is named), and robotics Wataru Yoshizaki.
"When I was a kid, I thought there were going to be giant robots in the future. But no matter how long I waited, people were only able to make small robots, like Asimo. Eventually, I thought ‘I can’t wait anymore,’ and set out to make one myself." -Kuratas
Kurata stated that he was inspired by the mecha frequently featured in anime, especially those of the series Armoured Trooper Votoms, which he watched as a child. Kurata's goal was to create a piece of art that emulated the mecha he had watched growing up.
Yoshizaki was brought on board the project to create the software for the robot's movement and pilot interaction.
The Kuratas currently costs around two million US dollars to order. This package includes the Kuratas main unit, A custom or standard paint job of your choosing.