Today in Robot Apocalypse we go to South Korea. That is where a robotics company called Korea Future Technology has created a real life war machine mecha robot that mimics the pilot’s movements. Just in time for Christmas!
This is like something straight out of science fiction. Films like Avatar, Pacific Rim and the Mecha genre of anime have promised us bipedal giant robots going head to head in epic battles for decades.
Now that fantasy might be getting a bit closer reality thanks in part to a designer who has actually worked on Hollywood giant robots in the past.
Vitaly Bulgarov worked on big budget robot movies including the recent Robocop reboot and the robot abomination Transformers 4. Why make fake robots to scare moviegoers when you can make real robots to terrify citizens and armies alike? Bulgarov has spent the past two years developing the 13 foot tall, 1.5 ton manned mechanical machine dubbed METHOD-1. An early prototype looked pretty lightweight, but as it has been developed it is said that the robot actually shakes the ground when it walks.
I hope that the pilot did The Robot dance at least once while inside that thing. The designer boasts on social media of the impressive technical achievement his Mecha represents;
“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 said.
'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. (I'm not just talking bipedal robots) One of such projects is already in development, but I'm not allowed to say more at this moment.”
If the real world problem involves nation states going to war, not on the battle field but in the robot boxing ring, then we are in. Or maybe it is more of it is more of a Real Steel situation where Hugh Jackman teaches a robot to box?
What do you think the Mecha robots will be used for?
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