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Man Creates Giant Robot That Shoots 87 MPH Foam Balls and Looks Like a Transformer

A Japanese engineer created a 28-foot robot modeled after those featured in his favorite childhood show Mobile Suit Gundam. The robot, which can be controlled from the cockpit, can walk around, move its torso and even shoot giant foam balls.

Dubbed Mononofu, the massive robot is the brainchild of Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo, and was developed at the company Sakakibara Kikai, Reuters reported. The humanoid robot is nearly 30 feet tall and weighs more than 7 tons.

Although a striking sight, the robot isn’t just for looking. It can be controlled by individuals seated in the cockpit. It can move its arms, upper body and fingers, and even walk forward and backward—granted at less than one mile per hour. The robot can also shoot sponge balls into the air at about 87 miles per hour.

RTX5NR68 Sakakibara Kikai's engineer Go Sakakibara poses with the bipedal robot Mononofu during its demonstration. Kim Kyung Hoon

Nagumo voiced his desire to turn his completed robot into a potential business venture.

“As an anime-inspired robot that one can ride, I think this is the biggest in the world,” said Nagumo, Reuters reported.

Sakakibara Kikai manufactures farming equipment, but has also created a number of robots to rent, usually for children’s birthday parties. However, if you want to rent the newest robot, it needs to be dismantled first so it can fit through the warehouse door.

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Robot rental is actually a pretty common. In China you can rent a robot to secure your house or office and turn lights on and off for around $475 a month, reported.

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