Korean scientists have been and will continue to develop a manned giant robot as they seem to be fulfilling the industry’s desires for such a technology.
Robotics seems to have been advancing by leaps and bounds. Studies have led to the development of really sweaty or high jumping robots. They have also led to the softest caressing robotic hand.
The latest industry development is a stark contrast to this latter. Korean researchers have been developing a manned giant robot.
Hankook Mirae Technology officially announced this fact on Wednesday. Led by Vitaly Bulgarov, the project targets various areas.
Bulgarov’s latest specialization are robot-centric designs. These can be used both for products and in the entertainment area. As a matter of fact, Bulgarov collaborated with a number of Hollywood big names.
Dreamworks, LucasFilm, Paramount Pictures, and MGM are just a few such examples.
The Hankook Mirae Technology collaboration has led to the development of Method-2. Exact details about the robot are still somewhat uncertain.
Reports state that Method-2 is just one year into its development. Method-2 is the name given to the giant robot. It was declared to stand at well over 13 feet tall. Method also weighs more than a ton and a half.
The hulking beast of a robot is also super strong. Each of its metal arms weighs about 300 pounds. However, they are also very human-like. The manned giant robot has been generally designed to resemble human functions.
Some have even taken to comparing it to other famous robots. Most media reports point out its resemblance to some “Avatar” elements. The blockbuster featured militarized robot suits.
However, Method-2 is as yet unfinished. Development for the manned giant robot is expected to last for another year, at least.
A power tether for it has yet to be developed. An independent power source will also be supplied sometime later. This latter would still require recharging. An exact feature has not been established as the makers might even opt for a solar-powered energy source.
The robot is reportedly only just getting on its feet. It will still take a couple more years before it will be able to move freely.
Yang Jin-Ho, the Hankook Mirae Technology chairman, went to offer details. According to him, this will be the first manned bipedal robot. The manned giant robot has been specifically designed.
As such, it should be able to work in even the most extreme and hazardous environments. It could come as a solution for areas in which man cannot work or access unprotected.
Besides this statement, Method-2’s specific utilization has not been specified. Media reports are already proposing a series of theories.
Some expect it to be used by construction companies. Others see it as a manufacturing tool. Reports also indicate its potential defense abilities.
However it may be, companies are reportedly already placing orders. The company chairman revealed a potential price and availability.
Method-2 could potentially be ready for sale by the end of next year. It could also come to cost about 10 billion won or $8.3 million.
Initial tests were initiated this week. Tuesday saw the first such test. A pilot sitting inside the torso will be able to control it. At such, the manned giant robot should become able to walk and move like a human.
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