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Giant manned robot being built in South Korea

By T.K. Randall
December 19, 2016 · Comment icon 12 comments



The robot is nothing if not impressive. Image Credit: Vitaly Bulgarov / Korea Future Technology
A giant bipedal robot that looks like something out of the movie 'Avatar' has been unveiled this month.
The four-meter tall contraption, which features two arms that can be controlled through direct mapping of the pilot's movements, is being developed by Korea Future Technology.

Known as METHOD-1, the manned robot, which is thought to be intended for industrial use, is already extraordinarily impressive despite still being in the early stages of development.

Footage was recently uploaded by Vitaly Bulgarov, one of the project's 3D modelling designers.
"From a mechanical/software/hardware/electric engineering stand point it was quite an ambitious project that required developing and enhancing a lot of technologies along the way," he wrote.

"That growth opens up many real world applications where everything we have been learning so far on this robot can be applied to solve real world problems."

"One of such projects is already in development, but I'm not allowed to say more at this moment."



Source: Russia Today | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey 6 years ago
Japan VS USA VS South Korea I want to see some giant robots go to war
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 6 years ago
In Sci-Fi books it's normally fusion of some sort.  Maybe they could put pinwheels on it's shoulders and use wind?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Redefining Success 6 years ago
Why haven't they gone with the power loaded from aliens?  That's sacrilege.   Perhaps a dodgem car/dalek power system could be adopted?  Fine when carrying out tasks and internal battery pack when "off grid"
Comment icon #6 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
That is so fricking super awesome!    After the first seconds of teenage pant wetting, I'm kind of curious about its real world application.  I mean, that's cool that it has a person inside, but is it really necessary with our current technology?  The operator could sit (or stand) in a nearby room and the results would still be the same (like shown in the video), without adding unnecessary weight to the system (not only the operator's weight, but all the safety systems they have to add in place, door system, seat, etc.).  Further, how do they control legs movement?  The guy looked seated, so u... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Soft looks like a taller version of an attack drone from Robocop.  I can't think of the name right now.  But until it has it's own self-contained power source, it will be of limited use.  Might be good in construction. @ and then - If Hillary had anything to do with it, she would have outfitted it with solar panela and windmills.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
If it has a pilot, then technically isn't it a vehicle? I thought the definition of robot meant it was remotely controlled, or autonomous.
Comment icon #9 Posted by seeder 6 years ago
  drones have pilots, tho not on-board... but yes I see what youre getting at, really, this one is an exoskeleton robot    
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
I think the population has come to accept the word being used for humanoid vehicles due to Saturday Morning Cartoons calling everything humanoid a robot. I suppose if this vehicle has semi-autonomous abilities, like it can stand up on it own, then it could be classified as a robot.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jaded1 6 years ago
You're thinking of the ED 209 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9l9wxGFl4k
Comment icon #12 Posted by brlesq1 6 years ago
Pretty cool. Maybe they could put it to work stacking boxes at the supermarket... 


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