Avatar-style walking robots become a reality in South Korean lab

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A manned biped walking robot ‘Method-2’ walks during a demonstration in Gunpo, South Korea. Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the four-metre-tall (13-foot), 1.5-tonne machine towers over a room. (REUTERS)

A manned biped walking robot ‘Method-2’ walks during a demonstration in Gunpo, South Korea. Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the four-metre-tall (13-foot), 1.5-tonne machine towers over a room. (REUTERS)

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Engineers test humanoid Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology. The hulking human-like creation bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie “Avatar”. (AFP)

Engineers test humanoid Method-2 in a lab of the Hankook Mirae Technology. The hulking human-like creation bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie “Avatar”. (AFP)

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An employee sits inside the control room of the manned biped walking robot Method-2 during a demonstration. It is claimed as a world-first by its creators at Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean robotics company, where about 30 engineers were hard at work conducting initial tests Tuesday afternoon. (REUTERS)

An employee sits inside the control room of the manned biped walking robot Method-2 during a demonstration. It is claimed as a world-first by its creators at Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean robotics company, where about 30 engineers were hard at work conducting initial tests Tuesday afternoon. (REUTERS)

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The robot, more than twice the size of a tall man, is so heavy that it shakes the ground when it takes a step with a loud whirring of motors. (REUTERS)

The robot, more than twice the size of a tall man, is so heavy that it shakes the ground when it takes a step with a loud whirring of motors. (REUTERS)

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Building the giant robot was a challenge for the engineers -- most of them in their mid and late 30s -- as its unprecedented scale meant they had nothing to refer to. (AFP)

Building the giant robot was a challenge for the engineers -- most of them in their mid and late 30s -- as its unprecedented scale meant they had nothing to refer to. (AFP)

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So far, it remains unclear how the robot will be used. Method-2 is seen more as a test-bed for various technologies that will allow the creators to build any type and size of robot in future. (Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS)

So far, it remains unclear how the robot will be used. Method-2 is seen more as a test-bed for various technologies that will allow the creators to build any type and size of robot in future. (Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS)

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While its enormous size has grabbed media attention, the creators of Method-2 say the project’s core achievement is the technology they developed and enhanced along the way. (Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS)

While its enormous size has grabbed media attention, the creators of Method-2 say the project’s core achievement is the technology they developed and enhanced along the way. (Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS)

UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2016 06:14 PM IST
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