December 04, 2004

Giant robot suits for everyone -- only in Japan!

After the Transformers-based Citroën commercial earlier in the week, you knew that there had to be geek-laden things to out do it floating around.

Toyota unveiled the performance show for their pavilion at Expo 2005, opening in late March in Aichi, Japan.

The one on the left is called the i-foot and is designed to help the disabled get around and up stairs. In the center and on the right are two different configurations of the i-unit, the lower one being geared toward more high speed moves.

There is a video of the units in action available on the offical Toyota Expo 2005 site. Just select "Performance Show" followed by "PR Movie."

(Courtesy Gizmodo & Synthstuff)

Posted by mhking at December 4, 2004 08:23 PM

Uh. The i-foot is for disabled folks? Hell, it likes like it'd take 2 pounds of Crisco and 5 shoe horns to get somebody in that contraption. The other two look neat, though. Of course, if I had one of 'em to tool around in, I'd wear something other than the "Ambiguously Gay Duo" suits the drivers shown are sporting.

Posted by: skh at December 6, 2004 06:12 PM
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