Gigantic Avatar-style Manned Robot Takes Its First Steps To Patrol The North Korean Border!

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We won't have to wait much longer for our Robotech future. South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech over the weekend. Say hello to the Method-2.

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The “world’s first manned bipedal robot,” made by South Korea’s Hankook Mirae Technology, took its first small steps in South Korea this week, and with it made a giant leap in the future of robotics.

The South Korean company created a 1.5-ton machine, which has drawn comparisons with the Amplified Mobility Platform suit in blockbuster Avatar.

Such robo-suits have long been a part of popular imagination through cinematic experiences in sci-fi films and anime.

It probably shouldn’t surprise us as the designer, Vitaly Bulgarov, has several movie credits to his name which include Transformers, Robocop, and Terminator.

“Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go,” Hankook Mirae Technology chairman Yang Jin-Ho said.

The 13-foot-tall robot is only 12 months into its development and is rumoured it will be used as a warning to North Korea and Kim Jong-un.

It could find itself being used in construction sites, warehouses, or even for military purposes – with the potential of it making an appearance at the border between North Korea and South Korea.

But according to its creators, the robot is far from finished as more work is needed on its balance and power systems.

“The robot is one year old so it is taking baby steps. Just like humans, it will be able to move more freely in the next couple of years,” Yang added.

Hanbook plans to have the final version of Method-2 ready for potential buyers by the end of 2017 and is expected to sell for around 10 billion won ($8.5 million ).

Only time will tell if it’s actually used for the greater good!

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