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Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese designer and artist, shows off the robotic creation that he has dubbed Kuratas. The 4-metric-ton, 4-meter-tall machine can be piloted from the cockpit—where Kurata is perched—or remotely from an iPhone. The combative robot features a sensor system that locks onto a target before its twin Gatling guns together fire more than 6000 BB pellets per minute. This is no one-off project. Its creator says he plans to sell Kuratas for US $1.3 million.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.