A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human has taken its first steps towards world domination.
South Korean robotics firm Hankook Mirae Technology have created a 1.5 ton machine, which has drawn comparisons with the Amplified Mobility Platform suit in blockbuster Avatar, Fox News reports.
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It probably shouldn’t surprise us as their designer, Vitaly Bulgarov, has several movie credits to his name which include Transformers, Robocop and Terminator.
“Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go,” Hankook Mirae Technology chairman Yang Jin-Ho said.
The 13-foot tall robot is only 12 months into its development and is rumoured it will be used as a warning to North Korea and Kim Jong-un.
It could find itself being used in construction sites, warehouses or even for military purposes – with the potential of it making an appearance at the border between North Korea and South Korea.
But according to its creators, the robot is far from finished as more work is needed on its balance and power systems.
“The robot is one year old so it is taking baby steps. Just like humans, it will be able to move more freely in the next couple of years,” Yang added.
Hanbook plans to have the final version of Method-2 ready for potential buyers by the end of 2017 and is expected to sell for around 10 billion won (£6.8 million).
Only time will tell if it’s actually used for the greater good.