Hunt any interesting deathclaws lately in Fallout 4? Then you definitely know that a power armor is must-have if you have any hopes of overcoming the fearsome beasts. And Fallout 4 isn’t the only place where you will find the concept of a fully functional battle exoskeleton.
If you’re a video game buff, then you are surely familiar with the robotic exoskeletons from the MechWarrior series or the Hellfire Dreadnought from the Warhammer franchise. Although battle-ready, heavy-duty power armors are still decades away, a team of roboticists from a South Korean Tech Company was successful in developing a power armor prototype that looks and moves just like one from video games.
The company is called Hankook Mirae Technology, and the ‘power armor’ prototype was named Method-1 – not very catchy, but then again what would you expect from a steel behemoth? Method-1 is the first fully-functional robotic exoskeleton and a giant leap towards developing mechanized suits that allow its user to roam freely through hazardous environments.
Using the latest human movement mimicking technologies, the team managed to construct a prototype that obeys the user’s every command – right now, the robotic suit can move its torso, walk, and to move its arms in complex patterns.
According to its constructors, Method-1 weight approximately 1.5 tons and has 13 feet in height. Just one of its immense arms weights 130 kilograms, which make the robotic power armor perfect for handling heavy loads.
Of course, the most obvious applications for these robotic power armors would be material handling in warehouses, but the team aims higher than that. Vitay Bulgarov, one the roboticists involved in the project, declared that a similar prototype would be used to help the Japanese authorities to restore the area devastated by the Fukushima disaster.
Bulgarov also collaborated with the directors of cult classics such as RoboCop, Transformers, and Ghost in the Shell.
And on a more personal note, we have to admit that the robotic power armor is more impressive than anticipated. For a prototype, Method-1’s movement are very life-like, which is not what you would expect from a one-ton steel behemoth.
However, the power armor developed by the South Korean company is still far from hitting the market, especially due to its cost. The team declared that a single unit would cost approximately $8.3 million, and they are still pretty far from being truly autonomous.
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