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Video: 15-foot mech taking its early steps

By midian182 ยท 8 replies
Jan 10, 2018
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  1. At last year's CES, a company called Furrion unveiled Prosthesis, a 15-foot tall, 16-foot wide mech. It only stood in one spot during 2017's event, but the firm has now released a video showing that it really can move around.

    Furrion is best known for its high-end appliances and luxury electronic devices, but it is also “pioneering a new breed of human-piloted, electric powered mechs” with its Robotics research initiative.

    Prosthesis weighs around 8000 pounds, and the final version should be able to run at 20 mph. Its battery provides between 60 to 90 minutes of operating time, depending on the terrain, and the exoskeleton is controlled by the amplification of the human driver’s movements.

    Furrion has grand ambitions for its robots. The company envisions a fleet of the machines coming together to compete. Rather than engaging in some Robot Jox-style battles, the mechs will race each other in what is being called the X1 Mech Racing League.

    “Once we’re happy with the level we’re at with the technology and the human training […] the next step is to build a second mech or a third mech, and then within two years, hopefully, we launch the first X1 mech racing league,” co-founders Matt and Aaron Fidler told Digital Trends.

    Prosthesis is still in the prototype stage, which is why it seems to be moving a lot slower than 20mph in the video, so the league's two-year time frame could be a bit optimistic. No word on how much one of the mechs will cost but expect them to be very expensive.

    In other mech news, Megabots, the team behind the US entry in the giant robot battle, canceled its Kickstarter to start a robot fighting tournament in November after it became clear the campaign wouldn’t reach its $950,000 goal.

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  2. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,557   +665

    Why?
     
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  3. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 453   +300

    It's pretty impressive, for the slowest, worst-functioning mech ever made. It looks like you could just kick it over at several points in the walk cycle.
     
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  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,317   +1,931

    Because obviously the first thing you'd think of using a big exoskeleton for is racing.
     
  5. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 148   +65

    It's a Gundam! Oh it's just a 4 legged skeleton.
     
  6. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,038   +555

    Because F1 makes a few people a lot of money.
     
  7. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,557   +665

    Some how I doubt this could be exciting...

    They should make some useful mechs, like one to handle moving materials in a warehouse. There could be huge improvements in efficiency and safety if forklifts and people were replaced with piloted mechs. Said mechs would have to be quite versatile though, think Avatar...
     
  8. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,038   +555

    Neither are the first auto races by today's standards. They'll get it up to speed, and they'll add things like scaling a mountain, cross a desert - it will be "All-terrain F1". Turning it into a 'racing league' is one way we do know to rapidly improve the performance and capabilities of something. Rich folk will finance teams of engineers just to eek out a 1% improvement and to be slightly faster/better/stronger than the next rich guy, then they license the IP for someone else to make it cheaper.
     
  9. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 745   +261

    CLumsy AF is all that comes to mind, hardly even really a "mech" when it has 4 legs.
     

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