South Korean company unveils new manned robot
SEOUL, South Korea (INTELLIHUB) — Hankook Mirae Technology has just unveiled the “Method-2” Tuesday, which is essentially a full-scale human-piloted ‘mech’ inspired by the rather popular Battle Tech/MechWarrior game series which was invented some 30-years ago.
The massive one-and-a-half ton machine towers over its human operator at 13 feet in height and allows the pilot to take the helm, controlling robot from inside the beast’s torso-based cockpit.
“Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go [unprotected],” Yang Jin-Ho, the company’s chairman said.
“Everything we have been learning so far on this robot can be applied to solve real-world problems,” one of the designers, who previously worked in the film industry on projects such as Transformers, Terminator, and RoboCop, posted on his Facebook page.
The pilot can make movements inside the cockpit which the robot them mimics in realtime.
“The robot, more than twice the size of a tall man, is so heavy that it shakes the ground when it takes a step with a loud whirring of motors,” reports the Telegraph.
Yang invested $240 billion won (about $200 million USD) on his creation which he has been working on since 2014.
Interestingly enough the robot seems to be crafted in a way that also mimics the popular fantasy game series’ Battle Tech and MechWarror and the Hollywood film Robot Jox.
An excerpt from BattleTech.com reads:
Since its beginnings as the BattleTech boardgame, the BattleTech/MechWarrior universe has captivated millions of fans worldwide. For almost three decades, the collision of interstellar politics and war has rewarded fans with amazingly detailed fiction, captivating characters and fantastic adventure. These dynamics have spawned a host games, novels, toys and more.
It appears that Yang’s creation may be the first full-scale mech-like robot which will likely evolve into fully-militarized applications in the not so distant future.
In the 1989 cult film Robot Jox, in which “huge robots manned by jockeys (Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo) fight superpower duels in the post-World War III future.”
The film’s setting takes place “50 years after a nuclear war, the two superpowers handle territorial disputes in a different way. Each fields a giant robot to fight one-on-one battles in official matches, each piloted by a man inside, known as robot jockeys or jox. The contest for possession of Alaska will be fought by two of the best. The conscientious Achilles fights for the Americans. Opposing him is a Russian, Alexander, a ruthless and bloodthirsty adversary who has killed his previous nine American opponents. With a traitor feeding the Russians secret weapons information and new, genetically-engineered jox looking to take his place, Achilles faces obstacles at every turn in the hardest battle of his life.”
Right now the Method-2 is just in training and is essentially “taking its first baby steps” but will soon be able to roam freely, untethered, within the next few years, its designer said.