When driving on the road, you might want to watch out for a red BMW 3-Series Coupe (E92). This BMW might transform itself into a true robot, just like those featured in the 2D and 3D animated franchise Transformers. But wait, isn’t Transformers a science fiction film? However, a red BMW 3-Series Coupe (E92) that could transform into a big robot isn’t fiction. It is a real thing; it is science – made to come true by Ankara, Turkey-based start-up r&d company Letvision.
This red BMW 3-Series Coupe (E92) robot is named Antimon, the first and the leader of a group of robot-transforming cars called Letrons. Antimon the Letron is being displayed at the Big Boys Toys the Luxury, Innovations and Technology Expo that is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) (November 23 to 26, 2016.
Powered by gear motor that provides 400 Nm of torque, Antimon is currently the center of attention at the Big Boys Toys Expo is Abu Dhabi, mesmerizing men – as well as boys – with its ability to transform from a car to a 15-foot robot and back to a car. A one-way transformation takes around 30 seconds, which is way slower from the sci-fi Autobots of the Transformers franchise – but at least, it transforms.
As a BMW 3-Series Coupe (E92), Antimon could move around and even turn – as a driver through a 2.4 GHz radio frequency remote control. And when commanded to, it could transform into a real-life robot – something that is made possible by employing related technologies. For instance, its main control unit has been programmed and designed to manage all operational functions, including robot transformation.
Its neck and head movement is made possible by a 200 Ncm DC motor (head) and a 100 N actuator (neck). Its interactive wrist action and responses have been taken care of by a 200 Ncm DC servo motor with fingers movements allowed by a 400 Ncm motor. Antimo itself offers real-time interactivity with speech and movement capabilities thanks to camera interaction technology. However, Antimo can’t walk and can’t actually accommodate people, for now. It can also go as fast as 20 km/h.
Since Letvision commenced the project with an actual car, Antimo has built a 1:1 scale representation of what an actual Letron would look like. A team of 12 engineers and four technicians from Letvision spent over 12 months to design and develop the first Letron, which will be auctioned off at a starting bid of $600,000 at the 2016 Big Boys Toys expo. According to Turgut Alpagot, Sales and Marketing Director of Letvision, Antimo is the world’s first transformer, and 11 more cars will be joining the Letrons clan soon.