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‘Method-2’ Mechanized Suit Could Assist in Fukushima Recovery

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Engineers test a 13-foot-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie "Avatar" and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Engineers test a 13-foot-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

If the robot above looks like something out of a big-budget action film, that’s because it sort of is. Towering 13 feet tall, “Method-2” is a mechanized suit designed by Vitaly Bulgarov, who has created robots featured in Hollywood films. The giant South Korean–built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground underneath it shake has taken its first baby steps in a room on the outskirts of Seoul.

Bearing a striking resemblance to the military robots from the movie Avatar, Method-2 was designed to assist workers in a factory setting, or similar risky environments. The robotic suit is currently being developed with a company in South Korea called Hankook Mirae Technology.

Its creators at the Korean robotics company are calling it a world’s first, and about 30 engineers are hard at work on it, conducting initial tests. “Our robot is the world’s first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go [unprotected],” said company chairman Yang Jin-Ho.

Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie "Avatar" and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. / AFP / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie "Avatar" and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Engineers test a four-metre-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Engineers test a 13-foot-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie "Avatar" and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Engineers test a 13-foot-tall humanoid manned robot dubbed Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology in Gunpo, south of Seoul, on December 27, 2016. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie ‘Avatar’ and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)