This 13-foot Japanese robot is packing heat

Kuratas can fire 6,000 BBs per minute; controlled by iPhone

OK, someone needs to call up the Japanese technology community and tell them how close they are to creating the robot apocalypse.

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As seen in this story by The Guardian, a Japanese electronics company has debuted Kuratas, a 13-foot high robot that can fire 6,000 BB bullets per minute (100 rounds per second).

The robot "is controlled either by a human pilot in a mid-torso cockpit or by a smartphone connected to a 3G network," the Guardian article says - while it could be used as a weapon, it could also be customized "for more peaceful functions such as firefighting or cleaning." Kuratas has a £900,000 price tag ($1.4 million), so start saving your pennies.

Of course, in all likelihood, this robot will enter the robot fighting arena.

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