By Jack Williams
A group of ambitious engineers have released a life-size TRANSFORMER robot that can not only mutate but also be driven.
Believed to be the first of its kind, the futuristic wonder is an (Optimus) prime example of hard work paying off, as staff at Brave Robotics spent three years putting the giant 4-meter tall vehicle-cum-robot together.
It is believed that no-one has attempted to make a transforming humanoid robot of this scale before, the Japanese company said.
In the recently-released footage, two members of staff can be seen entering the car, which then rises into its robot form.
From there, the robot – named the J-dite RIDE- flashes and glows before returning to its cars state, driving off out of shot.
The J-dite RIDE can also be controlled wirelessly using a remote control.
One of the most difficult parts of the entire process, Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics, said, was sourcing a motor that worked for both variations of the vehicle.
Nothing like this had ever been attempted, he added, and so Brave Robots staff had to make a number of the parts from scratch.
After the exhausting process, Kenji joked that he is now in need of a “long vacation.”
He added: “We would like to make a boy’s dream come true.
“Our plan is to give this robot the ability of a super car.
“Many people across the world love the J-dite RIDE.
“If the J-dite could reach the performance of a Tesla, that would be fantastic.”