Mechas : Destroyer of Cities or Misunderstood Giants?
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Mechas (Giant Robots) are more art than science. Read about the real reason they are cool and check out some of the science involved with Mechas in cities. http://thefarsightlens.com/mechas/
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i love mecha to death man, i want one with bis ass cannons i dont know why people dont like mecha very much there are so many different varieties of mech that it would make your head explode. just awesome stuff, Mecha
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It would be much more efficient to build an insectoid mecha than a bipedal mecha as it has little problem with balance and it is resilient to damage... I can't say the same about ground pressure though.

BTW, the article only explain giant robots like the one that you see from Pacific Rim, not the 15-20 meter high robots we usual see in anime or any works of fiction.
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The mechas the sizes of PR and some Huge gundams would not be viable but say the size of say the Titans in Titanfall or Knightmares of Code Geass would be very possable. I do think combat mecha will happen some day but they will be probably just like the early guns ..... out classes by older but more reliably tech until they finally hit their stride.

Early guns WERE not better than bows and arrows but because the tech was push so hard and so long it finally became the better option and way easier to train and use than the long bow. So some day when resources are plentfy(why gundams always happen when we start mining the solar system) and you can make a mecha that simple to pilot then they will be used but until then they will be at the way side and not very cost effective.
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EmpReb wrote:

The mechas the sizes of PR and some Huge gundams would not be viable but say the size of say the Titans in Titanfall or Knightmares of Code Geass would be very possable. I do think combat mecha will happen some day but they will be probably just like the early guns ..... out classes by older but more reliably tech until they finally hit their stride.


This is why I always find discussions about the viability of mechs to be kind of silly. Usually, they're trying to explain why something like a Gundam or the mechs from PR wouldn't be feasible in real life. The thing is any adult with half a brain probably knows this. It's fairly common knowledge that GIANT mechas are likely never to leave the realm of fiction, and that's fine. They're still cool for entertainment purposes. Furthermore even if they were possible I'm not sure I'd want them to be real, because they would be incredibly destructive.

However a more reasonable real world application of mechs would be something on a smaller scale, as you say, the Titans from Titanfall being a good example.

We're already trying to build powersuits for both military and domestic use, which are essentially just mechs in their simplest form. The biggest hurdle for those has been trying to figure out how to actually power them remotely. Once that tech actually becomes practical, the natural progression of that would be something akin to the Titans from Titanfall, I would imagine. Having a machine that more or less just acts as an extension of the human body has a lot of potential, whether it be for military use or otherwise. In the future, if mechs prove to be the best application of that basic idea, that's what we will use.

Of course I'm not saying that's even likely, but it's certainly conceivable, unlike the more popular giant mech variants from anime. Stuff like the Titans from Titanfall are actually within the realm of possibility, I think. That doesn't mean they will happen, but it also means that claiming they won't is pretty narrowminded.

In other words I'm just saying what you're saying but with more words.
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