A South Korean robotics company has unveiled their prototype of a giant 1.5 tonne two legged robot that can carry and be controlled by a human pilot. Ben Gruber reports.
The science fiction behind Hollywood blockbusters like 'Avatar' and 'Transformers' is now a reality in the form of this giant 4 meter robot. A robotics company in South Korea has unveiled Method -2 - a bipedal bot that can be piloted by a human sitting inside the gigantic machine. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) CHAIRMAN OF HANKOOK MIRAE TECHNOLOGY, YANG JIN-HO, SAYING: "Our robot is the world's first bipedal robot that humans can get in. The robot can be operated and controlled by a person riding in it, and it can also be remote-controlled without a person on the robot. The robot is designed and built to reach extreme places and environment where humans can't go, and to work accurately with great strength." As the pilot moves, the robot springs to action. It can also be remotely controlled if the idea of sitting inside 1.5 tons of robot doesn't appeal to you. While the motors and sensors used to build the enormous machine aren't new, its size makes it one of a kind. The question now is 'what does one do with a robot the size of a monster truck? (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) CHAIRMAN OF HANKOOK MIRAE TECHNOLOGY, YANG JIN-HO, SAYING: "Our robot could be used in the field of entertainment such as movies or theme parks, and in industrial and construction areas that need a great strength and exquisite support. Besides that, we've been getting a lot of inquiries for military purposes as well." After spending more than $200 million in development, the company hopes to put the finishing touches to their robot by the end of 2017. If you're in the market for the king of all man toys, the giant robot comes with a giant price tag - $8 million dollars puts you in the pilot's seat.