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Sunday, Sep 04, 2005

World’s 1st Mech Warrior Becomes Reality

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Land WalkerIf you think the picture is taken from some Japanese Anime, look closely. It’s a real and deployable mechanatron called Land Walker, similar to those you see in games like Mech Warriors.

Japanese robotics and machineries manufacturer Sakakibara-Kikai has developed the world’s first bi-pedal exoskeleton, bringing the battlemechs and cyborg technology found in sci-fi movies and novels into reality. This mechanatron is similar to those found in movies such as the Imperial Scout Walker (AT-ST) found in Star Wars. Previously, there was a similar mechanatron also created in Japan by Tmsuk called Enryu. Although Enryu is much faster than Land Walker, it uses caterpillar-like tracks rather than legs to move.

Such heavy-duty machineries can be used to lift heavy objects in times of crisis. However, they can also be deployed as fighting mechanatron such as those found in Zion of Matrix Revolution by mounting guns on the sides. This could revolutionalize the land warfare in the future - imagine an army of battle mechanatrons marching towards and crushing the enemies. However, each of these mechanatrons comes with a hefty price of US$345,000.

Take a look at these magnificant mechanatrons in action:
Land Walker moving
Land Walker shooting with mounted guns

More information (in japanese)

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12 Comments:

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    gunit says:

    “Such heavy-duty machineries”

    omg that thing is a peice of crap, its half about to fall apart moving 3 feet.

    “This could revolutionalize the land warfare in the future - imagine an army of battle mechanatrons marching towards and crushing the enemies.”

    OH NO im so scared of these idiot things. You think I will need anyhing larger than a BB gun to take these out? BTW its not like they could hit me due to their stupid refire rate. O M G I could throw faster than that peice of crap can shoot.

    As a finial comment - A10 or Apache > any of these stupid things -


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    Name says:

    gunit seems lovable


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    tonto says:

    Seems they still have a ways to go. It dosn’t even pick its feet up, might as well have treads on it. Sure does wobble alot


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    f4j says:

    Wow. That really sucks.
    (I’d be proud to be skilled enough to make one though)


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    Mr-JIM@hotmail.com says:

    Gunit needs to stop looking at naked men and think about this….

    That Mechwarrior is not a final version. Its called prototyping. You think it would be impossible to replace anything on it? You have to start with something before you know what works.
    Obviously you’re so smart, that maybe you could design, engineer and bankroll a project 1/10th the scale of this one. I’ll buy it if you do. I’ll but 4 of them.

    So, in closing Gunit, put down the Yugio cards, forget about rolling a +30 for the lightning bolt, there are no Orgs, no Golems, and no wizards in real life.


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    sherrrr says:

    very usefull infromation!!


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    Admiral West says:

    Groovy. Did they test walking over curbs and uphill/downhill? The way it moves makes me think it’s gonna trip… And the operator will feel similar to a rider of those 19th century bicycles with huge-ass front wheels. Ouch.


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    Hippo says:

    [quote]Posted by Mr-JIM@hotmail.com

    there are no Orgs, no Golems, and no wizards in real life.
    [/quote]

    There isn’t? *Cries*


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    Ricky says:

    Obviously it has stability problems, Like what Mr-Jim said. This is just the first step. I do like how the controls work for the gun. I dont see it being very acurate without a good computer tho.

    They should really start a little smaller. Its cheaper, easier to put together, should be able to get it to actually walk if its smaller, imo.

    They need to get it to tilt the body so it CAN take a step. Tho, the more moving pieces, the less stable.

    I honestly dotn see a need for walking tanks. They would be much easier to disable. Lack fire power because of balancing issues. Also lacking speed, wich tanks excell at. Perhaps they could be used in construction type work, rather then Mech Warrior style.


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    HK_Panzer says:

    I think it may not be the most effective or efficient machine of its time but from my perspective of the video it looks like its guns are firing nerf balls at its target, an its movements…yeah it looks like they have a way to go but this is Still a prototype machine not the actual mech thats going to give it a run for its money I still would give them props for trying it, If they didnt do it I would of did it, all you need to know is how to work with hydrolics, an engine or power source, the gyro that keeps it Stable when walking, an onboard computer would be nice, an the count of weaponary, and the design of the mech.

    Its just my opionion is all nothing more I understand where some are going with this yeah it looks like crap etc, its slow, the mech down right sux but give it some time.


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    Bryant Scott says:

    You all have to realize that even our modern day tanks where all at one point looked at as a waste time, money, and resources …right before they treaded across the german and italian trenches finally ending the stalemate. All I’m trying to say is that every new form of machinery has to start somewhere. We may create it for construction and later on, intergrate it into warfare, to be so narrow minded as to say that something like this wont go anywhere is assuming too much and thinking too little. I think something like this would help tremendously with the construction of bases on on the moon and mars. Fairly cheap, looks easy do assemble and disassemble, and somewhat light.


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    Dan says:

    I’ll give them credit…it’s a pretty cool “toy”. I say that because I don’t see these things ever getting on a battle field. Take one leg out…and it’s no good. However, for uses in heavy lifting, construction, or things like that…this could be very useful. However, and I’m by no means an expert, but from what I understand, most scientest have issues with a bi-pod design, because of the lack of balance. Or more so, how hard it is to balance.

    I will give it some major credit though. It’s given me some ideas for a paintball tank I’m designing off of an old truck.

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