Avatar-style S. Korean manned robot takes first baby steps
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A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps.

Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the four-metre-tall (13-foot), 1.5 ton Method-2 towers over a room on the outskirts of Seoul.

The hulking human-like creation bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie "Avatar".

It is claimed as a world first by its creators at Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean robotics company, where about 30 engineers were hard at work conducting initial tests Tuesday afternoon.

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-avatar-style-korean-robot-baby.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618
Posted 12/27/16 , edited 12/28/16
So Japan has their robots. America has their too. Now Korea?


CAN WE PLEASE HAVE REAL LIFE REAL STEEL?
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Avatar style? Why not just call it mecha?
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Posted 12/27/16 , edited 12/28/16
It made it sound like it was a Remote Presence TAG.
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1.5 tonnes, unable to carry its own power supply and can't reliably maintain its own balance with a pilot on board. Incapable of transversing any kind of terrain except a level floor. With its balance, power and weight issues its quite unlikely it can move or lift anything of consequence.

Putting it on sale by the end of 2017 is pretty optimistic guys.


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Most likely will be made exclusively for construction work or putting cargo on ships once they manage to enhance it.
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MonoDreams wrote:
Most likely will be made exclusively for construction work or putting cargo on ships once they manage to enhance it.


Their short term plans in the fine print are to find places it can work while tethered and/or to replace the legs with a vehicle base so it can actually handle something aside from a flat floor and maybe carry its own power. However it would still be grossly unsuited for any kind of heavy industrial work due to a lack of raw physical power.

No one is paying 8 million dollars for a glorified forklift with less carrying capacity and limited range.

Tech like this is still 10-20 years off from being practical and even then a bipedal form is ill suited for heavy industrial work. Replicating human balance is incredibly difficult and complex. Even if you achieve it the costs and computational power involved would still render it impractical.

( I know, I am a Debbie Tech Downer, sorry )




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Year-end cleanup. Closing threads with no new posts since 12/31/2016.
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