Actual automated Transformers are becoming a reality.
Well, maybe not the quickly transforming CGI-miracle robots from the films or animated series, but Project J-diete is certainly bringing the car-to-robot and back again toys into the modern era. The project -- a collaboration between BRAVE ROBOTICS Inc., Asratec Corp. and Tomy Co. Ltd. -- seeks to advance robotics research by building actual transforming vehicles with a multi-step program to get to a full-scale robot. The first prototype measure 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) in height (robot mode) and width (vehicle mode) weighing 35 kg. The small vehicle/robot boasts a maximum walking speed of 1 km/hour and maximum "driving" speed of 10 km/hour.
The first model is only a prototype, and it's the premiere model of many goals Project J-diete has set out for itself. Next on the docket is a 2.5 meters-long robot (8.2 feet) with an eye to finish in 2016, eventually measuring out to a 5 meters (16.4 feet) long third robot.
The video of the transforming 1.3 meter prototype is pretty incredible, and to actually see it moving is a sight to behold. That said, if you're interested in owning one of these incredible machines, you're out of luck at the moment -- it's just a prototype.
Check out the video of the first Project J-diete prototype below.