Every “roboteer” worth their salt remembers “Armatron”, the fantastic robot arm from Tomy, and marketed by Radio Shack in the US during the early 1980’s. Well, it turns out that a group of Japanese roboteers also must have some pretty fond memories of Armatron too, because not only have they built one, they’ve improved it, doubled it, and given it legs!
RT Corporation in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan - just a few minutes walk from the famous Akihabara Electronics district has been actively promoting their Robot School and online Robot Shop. They have even gone so far as offering low cost hourly rentals of their Robo-One style fighting ring and their micromouse maze so that budding robot hobbyists have a place to try out their creations in a real competition setting.
Now they have just introduced a robot arm, named RT-0002, that looks just like, well, Armatron:
It swivels around, opens and closes its claw, moves blocks around, and even waves its arm around in the air in a kind of victory dance when it’s finished. By itself, it’s really a cool piece of gear. Fun to play and experiment with.
But, of course just recreating an Armatron type robot arm wasn’t enough for the folks at RT, not by a long shot.
They took two of the massive arms and installed them on a Robo-One battle robot chassis that looks like it’s ready to make mince meat out of anything that’s stupid enough to get in its way:
Two of the RT-0001 robot arms mounted on
a KHR-1 battle robot chassis
Let’s get ready to rumble!!!
The March Hare, webmaster for the popular robot-fan.net website, is featuring both of the new RT creations in a great video clip here: Armatron Type Battle Robot
What can we say except, “We Want One!!!”
RT Corporation Website (Japanese)
Robot-Fan.net Website (Japanese)