Giant Robot from Japan Could Save the Future Using Soccer

In the future, a giant robot could save Japan. As a matter of fact, it could save us all someday. The 2-meter tall robot in the video below is far from gigantic. But it does have some modest football skills.

We don’t know yet where exactly this technology is going, but we do hope it is used for good. If Voltes V can defeat an opponent with a spinning top, then who knows what the Hajime robot can do once it elevates its skills to Shaolin Soccer level.

Read more after the jump.

An article by Cnet correspondent (and Voltron fan) Bonnie Cha turned me on to the a video of this 13-foot tall robot by Hajime Research Institute. Okay, so this really isn’t news, as the video was posted more than two years ago. Still, this thing could be a glimpse of the future.

In the future the Hajime robot could be used to play in the giant robot soccer league or defend the world against giant robo-beasts from outer space. The video above shows the Hajime robot demonstrating its capabilities: walking around, playing soccer, and raising its giant unibrow.

If you scoot over to the Hajime Research Institute’s 4M Robot Project page on Facebook, you’ll see that they’re looking for sponsors.

It’s still a far cry from the legendary Mazinger Z and his amazing rocket punch (aka ROCKETO PANCH), but for today, the Hajime robot is all we got. Let’s hope those Mechanical Beasts from Mycene Empire don’t come for us just yet.

If you controlled the Hajime robot, what will you do with it? Let me know in the comments section.


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