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Dec 19, 2012

A Blueprint: How to Build a Kaiju-Fighting Giant Robot

This blueprint shows the makeup of a massive kaiju-fighting Jaeger robot. (Click to enlarge)
Gigantic sea monsters, Godzilla, kaiju of all varieties — you just never know when you’re going to need a robot the size of a skyscraper to come bust up some gigantic beast from who knows where.
Luckily, we now have some blueprints to show us just how to make a kaiju-fightin’, population-protectin’ badass bot. These schematics, obtained by Wired, show everything that’s needed to build a Jaeger, like the giant robots used to defend Earth in Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming movie Pacific Rim.
In these diagrams from the “Pan Pacific Defense Corps,” we see how the nuclear vortex turbine connects to the leg shaft, and how the leg shaft connects to the gyro-stabilizers, and how the gyro-stabilizer connects to the oceanic cooling vents, and so on. The schematics for the Gipsy Danger model Jaeger also show “conn-pods” and pilot rigs, a reactor core and something called a “plasmacaster,” which is capable of wounding and cauterizing kaiju anatomy and “sealing off toxic bleeds.”

A Robot That Plays Catch and Juggles With a Human Partner

This humanoid robot has been modified by researchers at Disney Research to play catch and juggle with a human partner. The robot uses a Microsoft Kinect controller to track the balls through the air, catching them with a mitt-like hand. The robot then tosses the ball back at the human partner (in juggle mode it does this very quickly). If the robot drops the ball, it performs a “failure animation,” such as shrugging its shoulders or shaking its head. The robot was developed for interactive entertainment research.