An 18-meter humanoid made its first walk, and British designers show future concepts of aircraft

An 18-meter humanoid made its first walk, and British designers show future concepts of aircraft

Japanese engineers demonstrated some of the movements of a Gundam, the world’s tallest humanoid robot.

Gundam robot is a popular fictional robot of Japanese anime franchise that appears in some 50 TV series and movies since 1979, plus a slew of video games and manga. Recently, a video is released for audience who have been watching the test through cameras – it was showing the enormous droid lifting and lowering its legs.

Once finished, the mechanical 60 feet tall (more than 18.2 meters) marvel will feature articulated fingers, 24 degrees of freedom, meaning it will be able to walk anywhere and the ability to support its huge total weight of 25 tons. From the metal fingertip to where the wrist will connect, the hand is about 6.5 feet (almost 2 meters). The only thing that’s missing at the moment is the head.

Gundam Factory Yokohama, Japan, began construction on the humanoid in January of this year. Initially, a debut walk of the giant robot with audience participation was scheduled for October. But due to coronavirus delays, its opening is a bit postponed. Soon, for some anime fans of the Gundam franchise, robotics enthusiasts, it will be the ultimate dream come true as they will be able to share one physical reality with the “cartoon” robot for a few moments.

The developers are planning to release a digital model of the Gundam robot to the public. Those interested will be able to experiment how the robot actuates its parts. The animatronic attraction is due to open on October 1st. It will include an exhibition center, conference facilities, hands-on robotics lab, shops and a café that to offer everything Gundam-related.


British developers have shown future concepts of aircraft cabin design, reports The Sun. The concept sought to minimize the spread of infectious diseases and protect travelers. The innovative styling should also improve hygiene and flight quality. The seats will be coated in a special ink that will turn color (in reaction to cleaning product) to show they are clean – UV clean method to kill the the coronavirus microbes.

The classes are renamed: the economy class configuration is called “Pure Skies Zones”, and business class – “Pure Skies Rooms”. Pure Skies Zones will feature staggered seat configuration to minimize contacts between passengers. IFE screens will be removed in favour of passenger owned devices to watch your personal content – an outlet to be mounted in an armchair.

Also, wireless charging will be mounted into the back of the seat. There will be no the seat back literature pocket, as it congregate dirt and germs and harmful bacteria. Instead, optional removable bag for each passenger or the option to clip-on their own bag. Pure Skies Rooms will feature personal wardrobe, curtains and large-screen TVs. It is planned that the project will be implemented in three years.