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Meet Method 2 – the “world’s first manned bipedal robot.” This is not the first time a robot like this has been imagined – it’s been in sci-fiction movies, animes and even in video games. This robot represents the dream of enhancing human abilities through robotics. Near the end of the year 2016, Method-2 takes its first ground shaking steps as a real human-controlled mech on two stable metal legs.
This giant mech is 13 feet tall and weighs in at 1.5 tons. Method-2 is being tested in Gunpo, South Korea (south of Seoul).
Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot,” said Hankook Mirae Technology chairman Yang Jin-Ho, “ and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go.
Yang suggests that he has invested 242 billion won (around $200 million USD) in this project, working on and investing in the project since the year 2014.
The company has received inquiries from a wide variety of industries about Method-2 and future models. Manufacturing, entertainment, and construction companies have all expressed their interest. And of course they’ve spoken about possible military use of the robot.
Yang said that this robot will be available for sale by the end of the year 2017. Whether the robot will be shipping then – or well past that due date – is not yet confirmed. The robot’s current target price is set for approximately 10-billion won (around $8.3-million USD).
Artist and 3D-modeler Vitaly Bulgarov is the one who designed this robot. Previous work done by Bulgarov includes concept design for several major motion pictures, including Robocop (2014), Transformers 4: Age of Extinction and Terminator: Genisys. He’s also done artwork for video game series such as Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. His most recent work will be seen soon in the live-action movie version of Ghost In The Shell (2017). You can check out all his design at VitalyBulgarov.
Note: Hankook Mirae Technology (is written 임현국), which also translates to “Im Hyun-kuk”, or Korea Future Technology. This is a futuristic company making way for the future – regardless of how terrifying that future might be. Currently, no official company’s webpage can be found.