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Suidobashi Heavy Industry "KURATAS"

KURATA Kogoro / YOSHIZAKI Wataru

Robot [Japan]

The KURATAS project was born in June 2010 from a simple desire on the part of artist KURATA Kogoro: “I want to ride on a giant robot, but it seems no one has made one for that purpose. I may as well build it mysel f.” Robot control engineer YOSHIZAKI Wataru subsequently joined the project, and after about two years in production, KURATAS was unveiled on July 29, 2012 before an audience of thousands attending Wonder Festival 2012 Summer at Makuhari Messe. The debut was a success, and KURATAS went on to become a sensation in the media and social networks both at home and abroad. Four meters tall and weighing four tons, KURATAS is truly a giant robot. The user sits in a cockpit and operates controls that move its four limbs and torso — and yes, it can walk. Its creators are currently improving KURATAS with the aim of mass-producing it.
(Size: 500 cm L x 300 cm W x 400 cm H | Weight: 4 t | Materials: Iron etc. | System Software: V-Sido (humanoid robot real-time control software))

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KURATA Kogoro

Japan

KURATA Kogoro was born in Tokyo in 1973. He won a special merit prize in the 1991 FROM-A-THE-ART competition and held a solo exhibition, launching his career as a contemporary artist. He directed the stage design for The Marriage of Figaro at the New National Theatre, Tokyo in 1999, and attracted notice for his work on a full-size Scopedog for the animation film Armored Trooper VOTOMS (2005, Sunrise). He also created the free-kick soccer machine Castrol Ichi-go (2012, Castrol), which set a new kick-speed record entered in Guinness World Records.

( 2012 )

YOSHIZAKI Wataru

Japan

YOSHIZAKI Wataru was born in 1985 in Yamaguchi Prefecture. He has completed two years of the doctoral program at Nara Institute of Science and Technology and is a technical staff member of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Fascinated by robots since he was a child, he has built robots continuously through graduate school. Since 2009 he has been developing the V-Sido humanoid robot interface software as part of the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project. He won the Grand Prize at Infinity Venture Summit 2010 Spring.

( 2012 )

Award Reason

Climb aboard a giant robot and do with it as you please - that's the simple and universally appealing dream realized with KURATAS, a robot developed by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, a two-man team consisting of KURATA Kougorou and YOSHIZAKI Wataru. Not only the scale of the robot astonishes, but the beauty of the details, particularly when viewed from the rear. Add to this the use of V-Sido control software, which permits full-body maneuvering via CG manipulation; an ultra-futuristic cockpit interface design; and overall, a marvelously executed blend of technologies and aesthetics. Not only that, but KURATAS can be customized and purchased online. Truly, this is Entertainment with a capital E for our era!

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