A technology company in Korea has taken it’s first baby steps in a giant manned robot:
With the help of conceptual designer Vitaly Bulgarov, Hankook Mirae Technology, a Korean technologies company, has just released video of the world’s first manned robot or “mech” taking its first steps. Unlike most robots in the movies, the mech (also known as METHOD-2) is not able to think or act for itself and requires human control to spring into action. The human-controlled mech is able to walk forward and backwards, however, the robot is limited in its movements since it must remain plugged into a power source. The METHOD-2 isn’t exactly free-standing either, as it requires a chain hoist it up. While the released videos appear to be nothing short of a technological miracle, Bulgarov’s ties to the visual effects world have many questioning the validity of the videos. Bulgarov has past experience as an industrial designer for Pansonic, Intel, and Google. He’s also contributed to such blockbuster films as “RoboCop,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and the “Transformers” series.
We always love to see new and inspiring technology. So of course we stared in awe at the a new invention which looks like something right out of Avatar:
These new “mech” suites are incredible, but they can clearly be so easily weaponized. Perhaps we should slow down a bit.
What do you think?