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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

Yes, comrade, we have entered the future of ‘80s Saturday Morning TV. The Kalishnakov company (yes, that Kalishnakov) has announced plans for a walking tank. Seriously.

Leave it to the Russians to make the ridiculous real!

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

But the most intriguing of Kalashnikov's displays this year is the concept of a "controlled bipedal walker." What can only be described as a 4-meter-tall robot with massive feet and T-Rex-like claws is supposedly intended for "engineering and combat solutions," Kalashnikov says on its website…. The practical implications and feasibility of such a machine remain to be seen.

Impractical. If it is, DARPA would be developing it right now.

Lion in the Stars21 Aug 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

Either a bot or an exoskeleton would be really useful for things like weapons loading or disaster response.

Imagine a person being able to pick up 3-4000lbs. That's a submarine torpedo, or a wrecked car, downed tree, whatever.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

OK, there's the Flea,


- let me know when we break into the 'medium' weights.

Stryderg21 Aug 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

A few years ago, DARPA was working on exoskeletons.

Tgunner21 Aug 2018 11:41 a.m. PST

Yeah, I'm waiting for the Shadowhawk personally. It's crap in the game, well, the 2H version is. But I've always loved the look of the thing and the updated visual is splendid.


But IIRC, wasn't the 100 ton Mackie the first actual mech?

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

Read the novel 'Robopocalypse' by Daniel H. Wilson. The military-grade robots portrayed in the book are believable and grounded in current science and technology. There is one "pacifier" robot in the book (think diplomatic droid without the gold plating) who played a pivotal role in the story. There are other classes of robots described in that novel, including heavy-duty construction and, yes, combat droids.

I hear it's being adapted on the big screen by Spielberg.

Ivan DBA21 Aug 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

Is it too soon to declare that we are facing a big stompy robot gap?

SouthernPhantom21 Aug 2018 4:54 p.m. PST

Could be useful for mining and construction, especially with an external power source provided by an umbilical as with a continuous miner or shuttle car. Combat? Not yet; a self-contained power source with sufficient endurance probably does not yet exist.

Daithi the Black21 Aug 2018 7:46 p.m. PST

They claimed Tyrannosaur-like feet. Those feet are nothing like a Tyrannosaur's. Fake news!

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 10:17 p.m. PST

I'm not sure those tiny arms wil help much if it falls over.

bsrlee22 Aug 2018 6:36 a.m. PST

Looks like something from one of those 'World's Best Dad builds kids Giant Robot playhouse' posts that used to be all the rage a few years ago.

Sundance22 Aug 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

No, it says "massive feet and Tyranosaur-like claws" – on the arms.

FABET0122 Aug 2018 6:46 p.m. PST

Looks more like a High School art project than a prototype.

Sargonarhes01 Sep 2018 6:58 p.m. PST

This is exactly how it started with Gundam, one side starts with it's giant robot. Then the other has to build a better one and then on and on until half the human population is killed in the melee of giant robots destroying your city.

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