Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Robotic Squid

It's being built in a Japanese town:

...on July 18, a group of Hakodate residents made an official announcement regarding plans to create a giant robotic squid for the city.


...cutting-edge technology...will allow the robot to be controlled remotely via the Internet.


...the entire body of squid robot will be covered in lights that blink as the robot moves. In addition, the robot will be equipped with a set of wireless receivers and will have its own homepage featuring a set of controls that allow remote users to move the robot's tentacles and eyes.

The developers plan for the robot to stand 5 meters (16 feet) in height. After an initial 1.5-meter prototype is completed this November, work will begin on the larger final version, which the group aims to unveil in a parade at the Hakodate Port Festival in the summer of 2007.


The total cost of the robot is expected to be somewhere in the 30 million yen range (US$250,000).

Posted on August 4, 2006 at 4:24 PM • 7 Comments


Steve AdamsAugust 4, 2006 4:46 PM

> ...will allow the robot to be controlled remotely via the Internet

Dang! Imagine controlling a botnet made up of these things. Now _that's_ a movie plot.

Israel TorresAugust 4, 2006 4:53 PM

We all know it would have been much cooler if it transformed from a squid into "Squid-a-tron Submergius : Defender of Squidom and adversary of Fish-E.R. MAN" at the click of a button. Then during the parade have a transforming battle as techno pounds the ports of Hakodate!

Israel Torres

Israel TorresAugust 4, 2006 4:57 PM

@Steve Adams
"Dang! Imagine controlling a botnet made up of these things. Now _that's_ a movie plot."

It was a movie plot in Matrix 1, 2, 3.
They were called Sentinels.

Israel Torres

dr.bombAugust 6, 2006 3:28 PM

Oooh! Real-life "squiddies". I'd be more impressed if they built and perfected the hovercraft technology first. ;->

JonAugust 8, 2006 2:14 PM

Imagine some hacker programming the squid to bitch slap the Mayor of Hakodate at its unveiling.

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