Toku is our path to the future: Soldiers build a Robot with Robots to create the perfect machine.

One of the most popular themes in sci-fi, and one of the most prominent in Japanese sci-fi, is the idea of creating a robot by combining other robots together. It’s a theme followers of this blog should be very familiar with, since we’re dedicated to particular TV series that has heavily featured robots and combining robots since ’78 (or ’93 for those of you not in the know). However, the idea up until this point has been just science fiction, just something entertaining to watch while transitioning to the giant robot fight scene. But now, US soldiers at Fort Benning are starting to make that a reality.

Members of the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment at Fort Benning have bypassed the robotics firms all together and have been using that army sense of improvisation to make their own robots, and their doing it by combining the capabilities of different robots and combining them into one. How you ask? By physically combining the robots to each other to create the ultimate machine!

In particular, they mounted a TiaLinx Cougar 10 (a surveilance robot that uses radio frequency sensors to detect eve the tiniest sounds from behind a wall) onto the back of a faster and stronger Lockheed Martin Squad Mission Support System, or SMSS (a load-bearing unmanned ground vehicle capable of carrying up to 600 pounds) to create a surveilance vehichle that was fast enough to clear through an urban area while sensitive enough to pick up on any possible threats. And for that intended purpose, this combination worked perfectly.

And this success does mean a lot. While this combination might not be perfect in all situations (the SMSS’s engines make it too loud for stealth missions), this does say a lot about that army DIY ingenuitey, and has implications for the future of modular robotics.

If this continues, we could see something like this someday:

Okay, it’ll probably look more like this (at first):

One step at a time, right?

I’d like to give a hand to James Pailly over at Pailly Planet for bringing this article to light.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

The next scientific innovation I want to see: Real-life morphers/henshin devices. Make it happen scientists!

The Ultimate Combination EVER: SanJoGo Gattai!

Well, I didn’t think that we were going to get any news this week, but boy was I wrong. According to an RRR post (link below) that came out just today that in the upcoming Go-Kaiger 199 movie. Apparently, there is going to be one massive combination with all the Sentai machines with from every past series, including the machines from Goranger and JAKQ, forming the ultimate Sentai robo. This is the first time they’ve ever done anything like this, even with the trend in the last few years of these big clusterf*ck megazord formations. Here is a representation of them all together:

Now there really isn’t a lot known about it, and I doubt we’re going to learn anything more about it until the movie is about to come out, but in many ways this sounds cool, and yet at the same time it sounds like a horrible idea. Now whether it turns out to be an actual combination, or if something like an ultrazord or a carrier robot, we’ll have to wait and see to find out. But you’ve got to admit, it does sound interesting.

RRR post here: http://ridersrangersandrambles.com/2011/05/06/11237

Original Yomiuri article here: http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainment/news/20110504-OHT1T00024.htm

-M.C., the Quantum Twin