The world’s first giant, manned robot “Method-2” took some of its first steps in the Gunpo studio of Hankook Mirae Technology recently. The Mech (‘Mecha‘) was designed by Vitaly Bulgarov, a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, having previously worked on film series such as Transformers, Robocop and Terminator.
The 3,9m (13ft), 1.5 ton Method-2 robot towers over a room in the outskirts of Seoul, in South Korea. The mech responds to the actions of its handler who is seated in a central cockpit, walking like a human and moving its 130kg (286lbs) robot arms and fingers.
Around 30 engineers have been testing the mammoth machine. Since 2014 the company has invested about $200 million (€191.3 million) in the robot’s production and development and estimate it could be on sale by the end of 2017 at a price of around $8,3 million (€7,9 million).
Besides looking very cool, it remains unclear how the robot will be used. Its developer consider Method-2 as a test-bed for various technologies that will allow the creators to build any type and size of robots in future.