About the Automated Walking Machine (Mechatrobot)
The automated walking machine, developed in 1920 in post-WWI Europe, was named the "Mechatrobot" by its French inventor Claude Butor.
It was expected to be the next major land vehicle that would succeed the locomotive and the automobile, but due to the difficulty of its mass-production, it was far from achieving the status of a popular commodity.
During the Second World War, machine manufacturers from around the globe dove into Mechatrobot development.
It was valued for its versatility, being able to enter land that was inaccessible to wheeled vehicles, and to exert as much power as a locomotive.
Its frame was enlarged for military and civil engineering purposes.
The technological developments achieved during the years of the war led to great advances in the Mechatrobot’s manufacturability and versatility.
In the late 1940s, a booming automobile industry entered into the production of Mechatrobots. They were beginning to be acknowledged as general-purpose machines, and rapidly proliferated into society, used in common ventures such as agriculture and architecture. About "CHUBU 01"
In the 1930s, Mechatrobots had been imported into Japan.
However, the machine did not achieve popularity, because its large size was seen as unfit for Japanese terrain.
In 1950, a machinery manufacturer announced that they were developing a Lightweight Mechatrobot, designed specifically for the Japanese market.
After seven years of numerous trials and errors, a highly unique and revolutionary machine was born.
The most astonishing innovation was the considerable miniaturization that had been achieved.
Until then, it was common practice to install a full climb-in type cockpit, but the cockpit of this new model was exposed, allowing the driver to casually straddle the machine like a motorcycle.
Engineers from both within Japan and overseas gave the machine high praise, as a pioneer of the new possibilities of the Mechatrobot.
It was the first ever domestically manufactured Lightweight Mechatrobot Model 1, otherwise known as "CHUBU 01", developed by the "CHUBU MECHATRONICS" Company.