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A robot company built a real version of the Avatar war machine


Oh, man ... robot

It's unclear whether it can hold a machine gun or even throw a good punch, but the recently unveiled Method-2 robot by South Korean company Hankook Mirae Technology is definitely the closest thing we've ever seen to a real-life version of the Na'vi-antagonistic Avatar man robots.

The 13-foot manned, bi-pedal robot took its first public steps (and arm swings) last week, captured in some Facebook videos by Vitaly Bulgarov, an American designer working with the team.

Right out of the movies

The 'mech-like robot, which weighs one and a half tons and shakes the ground when it walks, has limbs that move in coordination with a human in its cockpit, like the War Machine robots from the 2009 film Avatar. And that similarity is no mistake, as company chairman Yang Jin-Ho started the project in 2014 to "bring to life what only seemed possible in movies and cartoons," he told the AFP.

Bulgarov, the contributing designer who posted a video online of the robot, worked on the Transformers and Robocop film series.

Our robot is the world's first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go (unprotected).
Hankook Mirae chairman Yang Jin-Ho told the AFP
(Image: Facebook.com/vitaly.bulgarov)

Here's to hoping it will be used for good

Though its creators aren't yet entirely sure what the Method-2 will be used for, its apparent lack of agility (at least in this version) will preclude it from engaging in the kinds of battle moves seen in Avatar.

And Bulgarov, in a Facebook post, ensures that Yang's movie-inspired passion project will ultimately lead to actual good: "Everything we have been learning so far on this robot can be applied to solve real-world problems."

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