GUNMA, Mar. 4 – It’s real, NOT a robot in a cartoon. Sakakibara Kikai Company in Shintoumura village, Gunma Prefecture, created this gigantic two-lagged robot named LW-Mononofu, making use of its long-term expertise in making agricultural machinery.
The LW-Mononofu stands at 8.5 meters tall and weighs 7.3 tons. It has a cockpit in the chest and a lift for a driver to climb up to the cockpit. Powered by electricity, the robot can turn the body, move legs and arms, and shuffles on the ground at approximately 0.6 kilometers per hour. It was assembled at the company’s plant.
The Sakakibara Kikai began building robots 15 years ago to demonstrate the technology it acquired from the long-time experience in the farm machinery industry. A 44-year-old engineer of the company Masaaki Nagumo who invented the robot said, “Farm equipment and machinery today are multi-functional just like robots. It hopefully demonstrates how the machines are to advance in the future.”
LW-Mononofu is available for demonstrations at events and also for sale.