Not for Weapons, This is the Purpose of Gundam Robot

Indonesian scientists involved in the manufacture of the giant Gundam Robot, Pitoyo Hartono, explained that the purpose of the program called Gundam Global Challence is to bridge science fiction and science.

“What I want to emphasize is that there is a misunderstanding that this will be developed as a weapon, perhaps because the true story of Gundam is a story of war. This is not true. The message we will raise through this media is collaboration, tolerance and peace through science,” Pitoyo told Tempo via short message, Friday, November 23, 2018.

The robot is expected to be on display in 2020 in Yokohama City, Japan, which is the main entry point for Japan for new ideas and technology. Reportedly the robot will appear together with the 40th-anniversary celebration of Gundam which is a franchise brand.

According to the gundamchallenge.com page, the challenge was led by scientists from Waseda University Shuji Hashimoto who worked with several experts, such as anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino, film producer Katsuyuki Motohiro and Creative Technical Director Seiichi Saito.

“We want to ‘challenge’ especially the younger generation from all over the world to build an 18-meter robot that has never been made. There are so many challenges to realize this, from a technical point of view, this Gundam is comparable in level 6,” Pitoyo said.

Say the human height is around 1.8 meters, Pitoyo continues, meaning that the Gundam is 10 times higher than humans. Because this robot has a volume, if its height is 10 times larger, it means that the width and depth are 10 times each. This means that the volume is 10 to the power of 3 times a human.

Pitoyo said, because this is a moving robot, his team must take into account the moment of inertia. The moment of inertia is a difficult barometer of something to move. The moment of inertia is compared to 10 to two times the length of an object.

“This means that the difficulty of Gundam is to move, 10 to 5 times more than humans. This is outside the scope of current robotics technology,” Pitoyo added. “My own dream is to bring this challenge to Indonesia, and provide an opportunity for the younger generation in Indonesia to dream and innovate.”

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