We are in to the year 2017, and it is about time we have giant robots. Here comes the METHOD-2, a 4-meter-tall manned “mech” that looks like it has made its way straight out of a sci-fi movie.
The vehicle’s arms appear to be controlled through the movement of an onboard pilot. As it is visible in the videos below, it looks like it can also walk in both directions, though it relies on a chain hoist to keep it upright.
The giant mech is the work of a Korean company – Hankook Mirae Technology and a conceptual designer – Vitaly Bulgarov, who has worked as an industrial designer for Panasonic, Intel’s New Devices Group, and Google’s Boston Dynamics.
To investigate whether this giant robot is a hoax or something real, Live Science contacted Hankook Mirae Technology and questioned whether the work was legitimate. As the result of their investigation, they couldn’t trace any of the engineers working on the project, which is a tad suspicious considering how advanced the vehicle appears to be.
In response to the questions, Bulgarov told Live Science:
“If you look at this from a Western point of view, then yeah, that might seem strange, but in that part of the world, the culture is a little different. The company wants to make something first before they advertise themselves.”
Hoax or real, this seems pretty impressive. Its designers hope to officially unveil the METHOD-2 later this year.