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DIY 18-ft.-High Robotic Exoskeleton

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the who-can-replace-a-man dept.

Robotics 206

Hacx sends along a piece from PopSci that begins "Carlos Owens had handled all kinds of machines as an army mechanic, but he always dreamed of using those skills for one project: his own 'mecha,' a giant metal robot that could mirror the movements of its human pilot. Owens, 31, began building an 18-foot-tall, one-ton prototype at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2004. Working without blueprints, he first built a full-scale model out of wood. Moving on to steel, he had to devise a hydraulics system that would provide precisely the right leverage and range of movement. He settled on a complex network of cables and hydraulic cylinders that can make the mecha raise its arms, bend its knees, and even do a sit-up. ... He foresees mechas having uses in the military and the construction industry, but acknowledges that right now they're best suited to entertainment. The first application he has in mind: mecha-vs.-mecha battles, demolition-derby style."

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Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of it. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28276969)

It only cost him $25,000? That's amazing.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (1)

axllent (220868) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277013)

I don't think it does very much though ~ looks more like one big welded robot model with a few hydraulics. Would be interesting to actually see it "in action".

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277033)

This seems really familiar.

I'm pretty sure this is the same mech [youtube.com] a couple of years back. He's probably mad a little progress since then.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277371)

He's probably mad

Well, yeah, but that's in the job description for all mad scientists.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (2, Interesting)

Hubbell (850646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277509)

He completed and was trying to sell the mech suit like 4 years ago. This story is almost as old as the internet itself. Slashdot's editors are really slacking these days.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (4, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277565)

He's probably mad a little progress since then.

Absolutely. He used to be a raving lunatic.
Another few years and he should be quite sane.

(ps: use commas, your sentences are hard to read)

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (1)

Alinabi (464689) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278937)

This seems really familiar.

Yes it does [wikipedia.org] . What is it with all these monstrosities coming out of Wasilla lately? Is the pollution that bad over there? I say we pitch them against each other and see who wins?

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (3, Informative)

EdZ (755139) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277455)

And according to his site, he's managed to spend $5000 on a valve. This guy has been around for a long while, made plenty of wild claims, and demonstrated absolutely nothing. Several times in the past he's attempted to sell this ting on ebay, and failed every time. He's basically a laughing stock.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (1, Flamebait)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277637)

This guy has been around for a long while, made plenty of wild claims, and demonstrated absolutely nothing.

I don't know the history of his project, maybe it's the same guy, maybe not, but any project of that scale that starts with "Working without blueprints" is headed straight for the wall IMO.

Re:Damnit, that looks awesome. I want a video of i (2, Insightful)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278681)

True, but that may have just been the author of the article saying that he designed and built it from scratch, he wasn't following any plans that someone else made

Aliens! (1)

opusman (33143) | more than 5 years ago | (#28276991)

I've always wondered why no one has built a loader a la Aliens yet. Surely it wouldn't be beyond current tech and I'd imagine it would be amazingly useful (not least for fighting Alien queens!)

Re:Aliens! (4, Interesting)

rastilin (752802) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277039)

There have been some military projects, but the problem is that anything which can lift over a tonne one-handed requires a power supply too big to attach to the suit itself.

Re:Aliens! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277297)

Heh, well just get a really long power cord like in Evangelion!

Re:Aliens! (2, Interesting)

rastilin (752802) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277445)

I did say "power", but what I was referring to was the systems meant to support the suit's hydraulics. It would be more like a hose.

Re:Aliens! (2, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277501)

Well if you want to be able to go long distances you'd probably want all the hydraulics stuff self contained on the unit itself otherwise you're going to have to deal with some crazy pressures (or very large diameter hoses I suppose) and a lot of power to drive the fluid. I'm not a hydraulics expert but the company I do IT for design and manufacture dredgers that use hydraulics. Our normal dredgers would probably operate down to about 500 metres at most, not entirely sure, but we are designing a deep water (max of 3000 metres) system that has a self contained hydraulics system powered electrically from the surface. Obviously that would add a lot of extra bulk and complexity and it would probably be better just to use a bunch of electric motors instead?

Re:Aliens! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277059)

The Japanese have one for lifting elederly people at retirement homes. I think the one that has been shown is just a prototype though. But it's basically the same Idea.

Re:Aliens! (5, Informative)

mrhthepie (1387337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277103)

They're called Fork Lift trucks. In reality, Mechs/walkers are never a good solution. Hard to balance and inefficient. In Mecha anime/manga they usually make up some pseudosience as to why they're using walkers and not tanks and planes.

Re:Aliens! (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277225)

In Mecha anime/manga they usually make up some pseudosience as to why they're using walkers and not tanks and planes.

I always thought it was because of Japan's samurai tradition/mythos (like the US has a Wild West gun mythos).

Re:Aliens! (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278243)

I always thought it was because of Japan's samurai tradition/mythos (like the US has a Wild West gun mythos).

Yup, there's the big fascination with the warrior who can defeat all odds if he's super-pissed off enough. The Japanese Army in WWII thought they could make up for their material inferiority as compared with the US and Soviet troops simply by fighting harder and showing more spirit. That can work to a degree against a numerically superior but less hardened foe, causing them to break before you do. But if they're just as hardcore, the outcome is inevitable defeat.

As to why the Japanese hero robot has to be gigantic, I think it's just a cultural fascination with giganticism. Their Tokyo-eating monsters are huge, their weird heroes who fight them like Ultraman are huge, and thus their hero robots would be huge as well. I admit there's something transfixing when looking at a humanoid robotic form laying waste to everything around it.

Re:Aliens! (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278495)

thought they could make up for their material inferiority as compared with the US ... troops simply by fighting harder and showing more spirit.

Never forget the usefulness of racial animus in motivating yourself to stay and fight.

Soviet troops

Huh? The Sovs had their hands full with Jerry, and didn't declare war on Japan until Aug. 8, 1945.

That can work to a degree against a numerically superior but less hardened foe, causing them to break before you do.

Like the poorly-led Chinese, most of whom really just wanted to go back to their farms.

Re:Aliens! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277479)

I'd say human design is also hard to balance and inefficient yet, that's how it turned out after hundreds of millions of years of evolution.

Re:Aliens! (3, Funny)

nyctopterus (717502) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277535)

It's very difficult to evolve wheels, and the concrete floors/roads that make them so efficient.

Re:Aliens! (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277617)

It's very difficult to evolve wheels, and the concrete floors/roads that make them so efficient.

There are lots of roundish animals that could have been a first step. But none of them will use rolling as a method of movement, presumably because of the difficulty of powering it from inside the sphere. A mass moving inside the sphere would be required. Possible but not as easy or efficient as mobile limbs (which is what they all use).
And of course biological wheels are apparently right out, a biological axis would be extremely complex to even envision (typically some kind of fluid would have to go back and forth to carry nutriments and waste to the round limb, hard to do over a point of rotation, never mind the power transmission).
It was difficult to do with mechanical systems already.

Re:Aliens! (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277857)

There are lots of roundish animals that could have been a first step. But none of them will use rolling as a method of movement, presumably because of the difficulty of powering it from inside the sphere.

You've never heard of the hoop snake [wikipedia.org] then?

Re:Aliens! (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278147)

You've never heard of the hoop snake [wikipedia.org] then?

No, but it's a great story. I knew of the greek one (ouroboros) because I'm trying to brush up on my mythology. But I haven't gotten around to the modern mythology of the former colonies ;)

I suppose that all countries have such mythical creatures (we have the dahu [wikipedia.org] ) but this type, especially using a snake, is a new one for me. It's very creative. And apparently the story started quite a while ago too.

Oddly enough I believe I read a novel where something like that was mentioned, but I can't recall what it was.

"Loader-Lifter" implemented in real life (2, Interesting)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278897)

By Sarcos corporation. This one is a bit smaller, and has no grippers yet, but the arms and legs function. IN fact, the arms and legs are *more* agile and human-like than in the Aliens movie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhj3Z9o6t0g [youtube.com]

First thoughts... (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277001)

...what could possibly go wrong with this thing??

But someone please please film this thing; I suspect when something blows out on it, it will indeed make for some awesome youtube footage.

Mecha Palin! (5, Funny)

SoupIsGood Food (1179) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277003)

Wasila, Alaska? The killer app for this device is to put a set of high-heels on it and have it run as the GOP Veep candidate in 2012 - all puny mortals bow down before Mecha Palin, or be crushed!

Only the Obamabot can save us!

Re:Mecha Palin! (2, Funny)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277309)

Wasila, Alaska? The killer app for this device is to put a set of high-heels on it and have it run as the GOP Veep candidate in 2012 - all puny mortals bow down before Mecha Palin, or be crushed!

Nah, Giant Mecha Palin should run for Prez and her VP can be La Pequena Palin [youtube.com]

Re:Mecha Palin! (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277527)

I was figuring Gov Palin could take care of the mecha problem, since she could clearly see this from her house.

Re:Mecha Palin! (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277631)

to put a set of high-heels on it

Don't forget to put the lipstick on it....

Too big. (4, Insightful)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277009)

The whole idea of mecha robots is plain wrong. It's not necessary to make an exoskeleton that big. In a military (or 'gaming') situation it'd just present a bigger target. All you need is a minimal amount of armour with enough power to augment picking up large amounts of weight, and possibly some system to dampen recoil if you're holding a projectile weapon.

(Oh dear. I'm actually arguing that mecha robots are a poor weapons system design on the internet. Is this what my life has become? Maybe I should go outside?)

Re:Too big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277061)

Sure there's no real practical application for this thing, but there's no practical application for Rube Goldberg machines either, and we all love those things.

If this thing can walk, pick up a car and throw it, etc. then it's worth it's weight and effort. If this thing could be folded down to fit on a flatbed trailer, it would be a major attraction at monster truck rallies, etc.

Re:Too big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277457)

Too bad it can barely pick itself up. That's why you don't see any videos of it walking or doing much of anything really. It's simply incapable of doing so.

Re:Too big. (5, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277119)

Unfortunately, years arguing on the internet have left your muscles too weak to function.

You'd need some sort of mechanised exoskeleton before thinking about venturing outside.

Re:Too big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277123)

You tell that to my MadCat!

On mecha, and exoskeletons (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277161)

People are approaching the idea of mecha ass-first.

These proposed engineers of mayhem mostly treat "BIG FUCKING ROBOT OH YEAH" as an end in itself. In any semi-realistic context mecha should be seen as something that naturally evolves into being as agile, versatile exoskeletons are made progressively more powerful; you have to work up to big with a design where everything else works superbly, you can't work from big down. Otherwise any advantage gained by size will be hugely offset by the sad fact that the thing moves like a turtle in molasses.

Mecha become reasonable when they can move and maneuver with the same agility as a human being -- think Eva, which can run, dodge and so on with considerable finesse. (Here's waiting for those carbon nanotube aerogel artificial muscles, by the way.) But since we can't even do that for a human-sized exoskeleton, any effort to build a mecha that's not severely dysfunctional is going to be impotent.

Re:On mecha, and exoskeletons (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278019)

They're also approaching the idea of mecha with the assumption that they're an intrinsically good idea. There's a reason why there are no one-tonne bipeds in nature, and no ten-tonne land animals altogether. "Naturalistic" mecha fiction tends to have to come up with contrivances for why they're useful, and they don't often make sense. There was a grand (in-fiction) rant in the "Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual" about how "powerloaders" could simply step over obstructions, but the pressure on the feet would cause them to sink on most terrain.

Re:On mecha, and exoskeletons (2, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278389)

There's a reason why there are no one-tonne bipeds in nature, and no ten-tonne land animals altogether.

There used to be plenty [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Too big. (3, Insightful)

Renraku (518261) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277231)

They are actually a poor system.

You don't get decent speed or armor, you don't get awesome firepower like a 120mm cannon.

Basically, powered exoskeletons are not strong enough to withstand an RPG attack, aren't fast enough to dodge them, and aren't armed enough to deal with anything beyond a few AK-47 wielders.

How do we fix it? Easy. Make them pretty much immune to small arms fire. Make them faster. Adopt tactics to cover each other. Implement scanners and other intelligence devices so you know where the enemy is coming from and maybe where those IEDs are hidden.

Re:Too big. (5, Funny)

Bluesman (104513) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278025)

Maybe we could have one with large treads on it so that it could cover large distances quickly, and strong plating and explosive armor so that it would be immune to all but the largest projectile. And why stop at one operator? It could be large enough to hold a small crew of people who could operate the machine as a team, and possibly provide some sort of situational awareness/intelligence function.

All you'd need then is a turret with a large cannon on it and you'd have the perfect military land robot.

Re:Too big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278761)

yeah! that's a great idea! Do all that and remove the arms and you'd really be talking! Wow, I can't believe no one's thought of that!

Bad weapon, but useful for construction? (2, Interesting)

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278045)

I agree with you, in the context of a weapon. But consider how useful this could be for construction. The ability to lift large objects (like beams) into position could be quite useful.

A four-legged version might be more useful, however.

Re:Bad weapon, but useful for construction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278487)

Yeah! But think, if we used wheels, it could move around much more quickly, and then instead of two arms, maybe just one, but really long, and a counterweight for balance?

Re:Bad weapon, but useful for construction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278603)

wow sounds kinda like a tank, no?

Re:Too big. (1)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277469)

You mean just like the Crysis suit ? ;-)

Re:Too big. (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278181)

The whole idea of mecha robots is plain wrong. It's not necessary to make an exoskeleton that big. In a military (or 'gaming') situation it'd just present a bigger target. All you need is a minimal amount of armour with enough power to augment picking up large amounts of weight, and possibly some system to dampen recoil if you're holding a projectile weapon.

The basic concept of the exo-skeleton is you get to be superman without having to be a kryptonian. You're as powerful as a tank, can blast things just by moving your arms, it's scifi fantasy.

Those trying to come up with a practical justification say it's the next advancement of the tank which is all about letting a human being go into combat with serious protection. But if you think about it, the only reason why tanks are manned is because automated systems aren't good enough to let them operate autonomously. Every gun on a WWII warship needed human to load the weapons, manually aim them, pull the trigger, etc. Now warship turrets are highly automated and only need humans to reload the enormous ammo hoppers, perform maintenance, etc.

The exoskeletal combat suit is likely never going to happen. The basic elements of combat are finding out where the enemy is and hitting him in the most vulnerable place possible. The technology of the time will dictate the weapons at hand. We're going to see a lot more robotic scouting systems, more potential for bot-on-bot action. But in a situation like Iraq, we won't see someone waddling into combat in power armor, they'll be remotely controlling the robot that's exposed to fire. The best comparison I can offer you are the Automated Weapons Platforms from the old PC game Xcom. You had human squads in the fight but the AWP carried the heaviest weapons and kept them mobile. Humans carrying that kind of firepower would have to unload and fight from a fixed position, not on the move.

We'll likely see exoskeletons in the civilian world. I could see them really being worth the cost in construction and other situations where very awkward loads need to be carried through confined spaces. More maneuverable than a forklift, simple enough for illegal labor to use, and not all that expensive. If it can't meet those criteria, it ain't happening.

It's bloody rusted! (-1, Flamebait)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277015)

Look at the pics in TFA. The thing is rusted.

This isn't a 'bot - it's a sculpture at best!
Seriously, this thing would be in a garage or at least under tarp if it was a real working creation!

Video or it's BS!

Re:It's bloody rusted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277145)

A tarp won't prevent it from rusting, and a garage would probably be cost-prohibitive. The only solution to keep it from rusting would be paint, which would cost a lot too. I think he's more interested in getting it working than he is about making it look nice.

I have an old backhoe, it's heavily rusted, but all the bearings and hydraulics are in good shape and the machine, despite how it looks, still functions fine.

I agree that a video would make it more convincing, but I don't think it's fair to call BS right yet, the thing's probably not even finished yet.

As far as it being a sculpture, you're right, it is a sculpture, but sculptures don't have to remain perfectly still, if he can move the arms and pick stuff up, it's at least something.

If you ever pissed this guy off enough that he would want to kick your ass, and it comes down to you and your fists verses him in his big rusted "sculpture" which apparently has working hydraulics, who's gonna win?

Re:It's bloody rusted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277329)

The guy on foot would win, because that big rusted "sculpture" can barely move.

Mechwarrior (1)

ArcadiaAlex (1498971) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277043)

Lets hope microsoft don't buy the rights to the gaming franchise

It works great, until... (1)

GreenTech11 (1471589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277047)

It worked great, until he walked under the magnet at the rubbish tip...

Re:It works great, until... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277523)

Yeah great, now we can re-use our powerful harddrive demagnetizer magnets hidden in the door frame as mecha traps!

Hehe come on mecha !

...video of a prototype (5, Interesting)

gadget junkie (618542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277053)

In Here [commongate.com] there's a video of an experimental Raytheon exoskeleton for the US army. It seems that we're a long way from seeing something like "starship troopers" especially because there's a conspicous umbilical cord in the Video, probably for the external power source and computer controls. While Moore's law can cope with computing requirements, there's nothing similar in power production, and especially in power density.
Novody would want a battery powered exoskeleton with a 10 minutes charge.

Re:...video of a prototype (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277277)

Nice video there.

The video states at the end that the tethers are mostly for experimental safety purposes, and the unit can do without. You are right about the power density though, to operate something like this on the field you would need to change the PSU every few minutes with the current human technology level. Who knows, maybe the are experimenting with plutonium batteries over there. j/k

Re:...video of a prototype (1)

Daemonax (1204296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277337)

Well that what about the HAL exoskeleton? That doesn't require the umbilical cord. http://www.cyberdyne.jp/English/robotsuithal/index.html [cyberdyne.jp]

Re:...video of a prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277517)

HAL has less than 3 hours of battery life. Not exactly useful for anything.

Re:...video of a prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277643)

I suppose your definition of 'anything' excludes any task that requires humanlike manipulation of objects two to ten times your muscular capacity for 3 hours or less of nonstop labor? And that's only until you need to switch batteries or recharge.

Incidentally, the FAQ [cyberdyne.jp] lists battery life for normal activites at 5 hours for the newer batteries.

Re:...video of a prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277719)

Forgive me if I'm a bit skeptical of their 2-10 times capacity claim since there is no actual weight capacity indicated. I can lift about 3 times as much as my wife, but I wouldn't exactly consider myself strong.

Re:...video of a prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277629)

Josh, don't be a twat the HAL hasn't got anywhere near enough power to be useful in a military capacity. It's designed to improve mobility for old people and such like.

Re:...video of a prototype (4, Informative)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277751)

Lockheed Martin has been working on something vaguely similar, and while Ray's has that umbilicus, LM's is self powered.

http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=7306.0 [societyofrobots.com]

One of their versions was powered by a small generator that ran on jet fuel.

Nerfvody. (1)

Tei (520358) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277783)

"Novody would want a battery powered exoskeleton with a 10 minutes charge."

You probably missed all the Evangelion episodes?

Re:Nerfvody. (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278555)

Good point those thing had a 5 min battery life

Re:...video of a prototype (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277947)

Nobody would want a battery powered exoskeleton with a 10 minutes charge.

Especially if it was piloted by a mentally unstable 14-year-old boy. [wikipedia.org]

Re:...video of a prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278373)

Eva pilots would go for it. They only got 5 minutes when off the umbilical cable.

Wasilla, Alaska? (0)

speedtux (1307149) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277087)

That is disturbing. Is this a plot to keep Palin under control, or is it Palin's (not so) secret master plan to take over the world? Muwahaha.

good idea (1)

pink-lady (1573671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277131)

Good post !

Isn't this the same guy from before? (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277163)

That's been working on this since 2004 [engadget.com] and has likely been posting about here before?

Well Well ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277189)

once a year we have an article about this one on /.

and once again, not much has changed ;)

Come on ... we were promised Mecha-style Exoskeleton years ago and still no improvement ? DOH !

Alaska? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277257)

"Voice module online... audio functionality test... initialized. Designation: Liberty Prime. Mission: the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska. Primary targets: any and all red chinese invaders. Emergency communist acquisition directive: immediate self-destruct. Better dead than red!!"

Demolition Derby? (1)

gringer (252588) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277265)

mecha-vs.-mecha battles, demolition-derby style

Or Mechwarrior style (character inside robot), or OMF 2097 style (robot remotely controlled by character). Repair costs for those things can be pretty high, even for just getting a few scratches in the battle.

Re:Demolition Derby? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277491)

Duh! that's what the prize money's for... I always made a healthy profit in OMF 2097 :P

Red eyes!! (5, Funny)

tikram (1262046) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277303)

It has red eyes! It means it's a decepticon! RUN FOR YOU LIVES!!!!!!!!!

Creators Website (2, Informative)

axek (622617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277369)

The website for Carlos Owens is http://neogentronyx.com/ [neogentronyx.com] , where he has a few more photos and other projects...

Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson (1)

amn108 (1231606) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277373)

Not exactly a Cyberdyne Systems research object, but a good start :-) Give it a couple of hundred of revisions, and we have on our hands a human terminator with a neural net capable processor, hyperalloy endoskeleton that withstands molten steel exposure and can run at above 60mph for prolonged periods of time and lift objects five times its weight, a plasma fusion reactor for power source good for 200 years of continuous operation, and naturally a very perverse attitude towards all things human.

Re:Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278213)

Well, the amazing thing is that this is some hobbyist's project, not a multi-million dollar research project. The fact that it works at all, or even that it doesn't collapse under its own weight is enough for me to be impressed.

 

Good to see that's covered. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277431)

Now Alaska is safe from any potential communist invasion...

A great day for (mad) science (1, Informative)

ericferris (1087061) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277475)

Well, it's a great day for science! Not only we have this news item, but we have an illustration of it [girlgeniusonline.com] too!

I hope he's limited its movement range.. (4, Funny)

cheros (223479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277561)

If he hasn't built in any restrictions I predict a posthumous Darwin Award the moment the guy tries to absently scratch his nuts :-)

Doesn't make sense (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277567)

Surely in this day of high speed wireless communications, it makes absolutely no sense for the person to be physically "inside" the "mecha", or on the same continent for that matter. Of course I'd hate to see one of these babies turned into a zombie...

Re:Doesn't make sense (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277687)

Of course I'd hate to see one of these babies turned into a zombie...

Redefining "war driving".

Re:Doesn't make sense (1)

bluesatin (1350681) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278931)

Wireless is hardly known for it's fast latency times; lag is bad enough when you're playing a video game, let alone a multi-million dollar mech.

Whassup? (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277713)

18-Foot Mecha Exoskeleton

The first application he has in mind: mecha-vs.-mecha battles, demolition-derby style.

Time: 4 years

Cost: $25,000

Am I the only one thinking this guy has way too much space in his backyard, money lying around, and time on his hands?

Re:Whassup? (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277769)

i'm thinking i need more spare time and space in my back yard.

i think he's got it right.

But things 18 feet tall aren't cute! (1)

Fry-kun (619632) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277765)

That's why my Colossal Tammy Tinkle Doll was such a failure.
Oh, you don't understand me.
We're finished!
*runs out of the room crying*

Not for the claustrophobic! (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277821)

Despite the open mesh steel frame, this thing is definitely not for the claustrophobic. I am getting chills just looking at how the guy is trapped, er... strapped in there and all I can think about is being stuck if it happens to tip over. I am definitely not a target customer for this thing, then again I probably wouldn't fare much better in a tank or submarine either.

And when you stand in the cockpit (0)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 5 years ago | (#28277829)

...You can see Russia!

well... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28277855)

I, for one, welcome....

Captain? (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278139)

Captain Mifune [wikipedia.org] , is that you?

Made of wood? (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#28278177)

Like in Robot Carnival's "A Tale of Two Robots"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdOieEsk918 [youtube.com]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdqhD5NAv9w [youtube.com]

"I am Jonathan Jameson Volkeson the Third, no doubt the worlds most brilliant scientist. I will not let the course charted by my peerless intellect be stopped by you or anyone."

AWESOME!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278261)

Truly awesome and inspiring. Way to go Carlos!

Wasilla? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28278707)

Joshua's Army will be unstoppable!

All it needs is a basket of A-bombs on the back (3, Funny)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279037)

Then, I'll be ready to invest. Or run. "ALASKA'S LIBERATION IS IMMINENT!"

Homeland Defense (1)

coaxial (28297) | more than 5 years ago | (#28279145)

Finally, something that can not only see Russia, but also defend us when Putin raises his head over the airspace in Alaska.

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