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Avatar-Like Korean Manned Robot Takes First Baby Steps

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Written by Kamil Arli

Recently, the web saw a release of a couple of video clips portraying a giant 4-meters tall robot controlled by a human placed in robot’s torso. The machine looks like it came out from the world Gundam or Mech Warrior. In other words, it looks like it came from the future.

MANY TECNOLOGY SITES SHARED VIDEOS

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Many technology sites shared videos, and Korean giant robot soon went viral. All this made Live Science conducted an investigation trying to find out if the mech was real. Here’s what they found out.

The South Korean company which allegedly is responsible for constructing the robot is unknown to robotics researchers who got contacted by Live Science. Also, all video and photos came from just one source: Facebook and Instagram pages of Vitaly Bulgarov, a designer who already made a project telling a tale about a “fictional robotics corporation that develops its products in a not-so-distant future.” Seems connected?

THE SITE SENT MESSAGES TO THE KOREAN COMPANY’S CEO

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The site sent messages to the Korean company’s CEO, but they went unreturned. The company is called Korea Future Technology, and if you do a Google search, almost all info related to the company can be found in headlines telling about the mech, or in posts made by Bulgarov. Domain name of the company’s site, hankookmirae.com (South Korea Future, when translated from Korean) was registered on February this year to Lim Hyun Kuk, the alleged company CEO. The domain doesn’t have an active site associated with it, and Bulgarov said that “If you look at this from a Western point of view, then yeah, that might seem strange, but in that part of the world, the culture is a little different. The company wants to make something first before they advertise themselves.”

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THE SIDE COULD NOT CONTACT THE PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE DOMAIN REGISTRATION

The site couldn’t contact the person associated with the domain registration, Bulgarov didn’t share the name of the engineers involved in the project, and stated that videos were meant for his circle of followers only and that the company would do a press release when the robot gets completed, during 2017.

Source: monipicker

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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