video: LAND WALKER/Japanese Robot suit/Mech Warrior prototype

If you happen to be familiar with Transformers, or the Japanese cousin (or origin thereof?) the Mecha – gigantic human-controlled robots capable of fighting intergalactic battles, this is – to many – a step “into the future”.

However notice the oil-based engine. Nice hearing those pistons firing!

Nothing like using 100 year-old technology as the primary driver of something that’s supposed to be “our future”.

It’s interesting to see the extent to which the postwar generations have been been affected by the “visionaries” of movie and general media fame. It’s too bad that, realistically, it’s not very feasible.

For the uninformed, why not? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons.
1. Peak oil
2. Peak resources (similar to peak oil – except with much more severe ramifications)
3. Oil-based engine
4. Scalable (will everyone and their mother be able to have one)? See peak resources.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVwbUljGs3g

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4 thoughts on “video: LAND WALKER/Japanese Robot suit/Mech Warrior prototype

  1. all this is, is a Komatsu Escavator that has been retro fited with guns this is no new technology the legs arent even functional they have track on the feet i recognize the controles because ive operated escavators…i think its top heavey and a waist of time and money you would need a jetpack to take it across a bridge….maybe when they fit it with that ill be a bit more interested…

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