A worker arranges the arms of a human biped walking robot “METHOD 2” during a demonstration in Gunpo, South Korea, December 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
Robots can be terrifying all on their own, but keep a human being inside of them the control of the mechanical muscles, which are responsible for superhuman strength, and you have a recipe for a horror movie. South Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae Technology has done exactly that, and the Method-2 robot took his first steps on the road to world domination this week.
Man-machine interface and arm movement test! “METHOD 1” large manned robot project for which I was a pleasure to make the design. Very happy to be a part of the incredible Hankook Mirae Technology team. (previously posted as Korea the Technology of the Future since “Hankook” means “Korea” in the Korean Language and “Mirae” means “Future”)team. #hankookmiraetechnology #koreafuturetechnology #industrialdesign #robot #mech
The robot is like a year in development, but it is already a huge beast, that could be anyone nightmares. The bone is more than 13 metres long and weighs more than one and a half tons. The sturdy metal arms weigh almost 300 pounds each, and of the human as the hands, is a spitting image of the intimidating militarized robot suits, which play a leading role in the sci-fi flick Avatar.
Method 2 is still more than a year to be finished — the robot still needs a cable for the power supply and is only on its feet under it — but it is the creators already get a lot of questions from companies wanting to buy their own. The robot can eventually find itself in the construction yards or warehouses, and Phys.org reports that it can even be used in defence applications might make an appearance at the police border between North Korea and South Korea.
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Who ends up with adding a Method-2 to their shopping cart need to have deep pockets, such as the robot is expected to sell for around 10 billion won, which is the equivalent of approximately $8.3 million. Hankook plans to have the latest version of the robot ready for potential buyers by the end of 2017.