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

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.

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.

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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