Mechs (plural), or mech (singular) is a broad genre of vehicles (normally walking vehicles) which are usually controlled by a pilot. They are called Mecha in Japanese. Mechs often appear in anime, science fiction, and other genres involving fantastic or futuristic elements. Mechs are generally, though not necessarily, bipedal and are best described as a mix between a tank and a robot. Some mechs have arms, hands, and fingers capable of grasping objects. A mech that approximates the shape of a human body may allow the use of martial arts movements and swordsmanship, ceremonial acts of honor, saluting, and other human mannerisms.
Carlos Owens had handled all kinds of machines as an army mechanic, but he always dreamed of using those skills for one project: his own "mecha,” a giant metal robot that could mirror the movements of its human pilot.
Owens, 31, began building an 18-foot-tall, one-ton prototype at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2004. Working without blueprints, he first built a full-scale model out of wood. Moving on to steel, he had to devise a hydraulics system that would provide precisely the right leverage and range of movement. He settled on a complex network of cables and hydraulic cylinders that can make the mecha raise its arms, bend its knees, and even do a sit-up.
Owens is working on two more prototypes, modifying the design to make it lighter and more maneuverable. He foresees mechas having uses in the military and the construction industry but acknowledges that right now they’re best suited to entertainment. The first application he has in mind: mecha-vs.-mecha battles, demolition-derby style.
Time: 4 years
This mecha is made of steel. The new design is made of lighter but weaker aluminum, so Owens has had to heavily reinforce the limb joints.
Owens used 27 hydraulic cylinders that act like muscles to control the mecha’s joints. A pump powered by an 18-horsepower engine keeps hydraulic fluid moving through the machine.
As the driver moves his arms and legs, steel cables transmit those movements to the hydraulics to make the mecha walk, bend down, or open its hands.
Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
Mechs Replacing humans????!!!!
Who designs and build different types of robotic appliances?
Who MAINTAINS all that the mechs requires- power supply, spare parts, maintenance, etc, etc????
There are NO self sustaining ROBOTIC organisms capable of such feats, not in our lifetime, or even the Universe's lifetime.
It will still be humans who will do the jobs. No doubt less humans will be required, but it will also mean MORE humans will be freed up to perform other critical tasks, or create even MORE bigger and efficient products for the future.
Tech advances civilisation, never curtailing it. Only the selfish will hoard their wealth to prevent others from getting wealthy or powerful with such advances, which is humanity's right to evolution.
Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
reply to post by davespanners
There will come one day perhaps when an robotic organism can self replicate itself as science had shown, but the day when a simple 19th century 'FORD T- model' to replicate itself, along with maintenance, spare parts, everything single component on the FORD is still light years away, IF EVER.
And we are just talking about the simple combustion engine stage, let alone the ENTIRE '19th century Ford T-model' car and components.
Even when we mankind achieve that, it still takes human to MANIPULATE the nano particles. and when mankind achieves that feat, what other feats can MANKIND achieve, leaveraging on each other instead of culling as the greedy and selfish elites want to cull mankind to a sustainable slave labour force instead of allowing the sheer numbers of humanity to freely explore and expand our gifts?