13ft tall manned robot learns to walk and move hands (Watch)

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13ft tall manned robot learns to walk and move hands (Watch)
13ft tall manned robot learns to walk and move hands (Watch)

A South Korean company is working with a former Starcraft concept artist to create a real-life giant robot – and it’s already got a working prototype.

You probably don’t know Vitaly Bulgarov’s name – but you’ve almost certainly seen his work before. His highly technical, futuristic robot designs have been a key part of recent Terminator, Robocop and Transformers movies, as well as Starcraft and World of Warcraft games.

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Now, working with a newly formed company called Korea Future Technology, he’s bringing one of his eye-popping designs into real life. Method-1 is a gigantic mech suit standing 13 feet tall, and as well as looking like it’s straight out of a video game, it’s actually designed to be functional. Here it is in action:

The pilot sits in a glassed-in cockpit holding a pair of arm controls, and the robot’s arms follow the movements of the pilot’s arms as he waves them around in the cockpit.

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It’s also capable of walking – at least, on flat surfaces – in forward and reverse. In terms of a power source, Method-1 is tethered with a power cable at the moment, as well as hooked to a moving girder on the roof to prevent it from falling over.

Bulgarov says the robot’s short-term use cases include industrial indoor applications where tethers won’t cause a problem. Another short-term application will see the torso and arms mounted on a wheeled platform with a built-in power source, and this one’s slated for clean-up and restoration work at the Fukushima disaster site in Japan.

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