Meet Archax: The $3 Million Transforming Mech Straight Out of Sci-Fi

Rahul Somvanshi

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Meet Archax, Tsubame Industries’ latest brainchild. It’s a 15-foot, 3.5-ton robot that transforms into a vehicle, blending the worlds of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Gundam’ into reality.

Archax is no ordinary robot. Standing at 15 feet and weighing 3.5 tons, it’s a giant in the robotics world. Piloted from a cockpit in its torso, it’s controlled via joysticks, much like the exoskeletons in ‘Avatar’. This behemoth can switch from Robot to Vehicle mode, powered by electric motors on each of its four Yokohama industrial tires.

The cockpit is a tech hub with 26 wide-angle cameras feeding live footage to three screens, giving the pilot a 360-degree view. Control is at your fingertips with two joysticks and pedals, fine-tuning the robot’s arms and movement. Safety is paramount, with emergency stop buttons both inside and outside.

Archax is a product of four years of R&D, inspired by Japan’s prowess in animation and robotics. Priced at $3 million, it’s aimed at the luxury market, with just five units up for grabs. CEO Ryo Yoshida envisions it as a blend of Japan’s best in animation, gaming, and automotive tech.

Beyond being a luxury toy, Tsubame Industries sees Archax in a robot combat league using VR tech. Long-term, they’re eyeing applications in space and disaster relief.

Archax isn’t built for heavy lifting or precision tasks, handling up to 20 kilograms. It’s more of a technological statement than a workhorse, with a top speed of 6mph and complex controls.

Archax is a leap in robotics, showcasing what’s possible when engineering meets imagination. It’s a stepping stone towards more functional robots, with potential in entertainment, combat sports, space, and disaster relief.

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