Meet the $1 Million Robot You Can Buy on Amazon

Creators envisioned a robot that can shoot at enemies when the operator smiles.

ByAlyssa Newcomb
January 19, 2015, 12:04 PM
PHOTO: Japanese electronics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry unveils its latest robot "Kuratas" at the Wonder Festival in Tokyo, July 29, 2012.
Japanese electronics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry unveils its latest robot "Kuratas" at the Wonder Festival in Tokyo, July 29, 2012.
Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

— -- A robot that takes its cues from its operator's facial expressions to shoot at enemies is now for sale on Amazon, suggesting that you can buy just about anything on the e-commerce giant's website.

While it's unclear if the sinister shooting feature is for sale in this version of the Kuratas robot, a starter's kit is being offered on Amazon Japan for a little more than $1 million.

Standing nearly 13 feet tall and weighing five tons, Kuratas looks like something out of a Hollywood action movie. While it may have the feel of a tank, the gasoline fueled robot moves at a top speed of 6 miles per hour.

A video from 2012 provides a bit more insight into how Kuratas works.

The rider climbs on board the robot, presses a button and slips into the cockpit from which they can operate the robot. Kuratas can also be operated via a smartphone hooked to a 3G network, according to a video released a few years ago when the project was first being developed. The command to shoot at an enemy: a smile. The video calls the feature "smile shot."

While there are reviews left on the Amazon website, it was unclear if anyone has actually purchased the robot. A translation of the website listed just one Kuratas in stock and it was unclear if more were expected to be sold.

One more thing -- buyer beware: The Kuratas doesn't come with arms and the $1 million purchase is for a starter kit that requires assembly, according to the Amazon Japan website.

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