Bipedal Robot Set To Patrol North Korean Border Looks Something Straight Out Of Science Fiction
South Korean robotics firm, Hankook Mirae Technology, has recently created a 1.5 ton machine that has drawn comparisons to the Amplified Mobility Platform suit in blockbuster movie Avatar, among many other movies.
Taking just one look at it, it’s easy to see why.
Human-machine interface and arm motion test! "METHOD-1" large manned robot project for which I had a pleasure to make the design. Very fortunate to be part of the incredible Hankook Mirae Technology team. (previously posted as Korea Future Technology since "Hankook" means "South Korea" in Korean Language and "Mirae" means "Future")team. #hankookmiraetechnology #koreafuturetechnology #industrialdesign #robot #mech
It probably shouldn’t come off as a surprise, though, as their designer, Vitaly Bulgarov, has several movie credits to his name, including Terminator, Robocop and Transformers.
The robot, according to Hankook Mirae Technology chairman Yang Jin-Ho, is “the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go.”
Rumor has it that the 13-foot tall robot, who’s only 12 months into its development, will be used as a warning to North Korea and its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.
Although, judging by its capabilities, it could find itself being used in construction sites, warehouses, and even by the military.
Hanbook plans to have the final version of Method-2 ready for potential buyers by the end of 2017. The robot is expected to sell for around 10 billion won, or around $8 million dollars.
Hopefully, by the time the robot rolls out, it’ll be purchased for the greater good of mankind.