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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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Greetings ATS. Today I would like to talk about Mechs and there possible applications towards replacing jobs that we presently have. Although currently in prototype phases, there are still certain models that can come to life within a few years. What is a Mech you ask?


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.


Some of which are seen as science fiction but can very well be a reality

The video below shows the The Land Walker and its first stages of movement.





As most people can guess, Mechs will have a certain role in the future of combat, however there will also be some used for lifting and moving heavy objects and perhaps help get through heavy terrain that would otherwise be impossible on foot.





Army Mechanic's Garage Tinkering Yields 18-Foot Mecha Exoskeleton


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
Cost: $25,000
Frame
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.
Hydraulics
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.
Control
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.


www.popsci.com...



With the world evolving each and everyday we continue to make technology faster, better,stronger, and more resilient to damage. Who knows maybe in the very distant future there may even be some that can perform heavy combat in urban environments.



edit on 17-4-2011 by Stop-loss! because: (no reason given)




posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:51 PM
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Man, just think if Transformers rule the world...


Great thread, but obviously this has been occurring since the Industrialisation period....we let it occur then and now we're still not going to stop it as scientists want to see how far they can push their limits to.

But if we get an I-Robot type of scenario...I don't know what we'd do



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:52 PM
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I see this as very near future possibilities, awesome vids. I think probably even before piloted mechs become common we will start seeing bio elements or AI involved.



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:54 PM
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I plan to go through part two involving power armor but will have to do more research on the matter. Also some prototypes are in the works so well see how far technology will push itself.



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 01:06 PM
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The mini-spider is awesome. Too real.



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 01:07 PM
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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.



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 01:25 PM
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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.



Of course humans will still be around to do such things. Mostly combat wise would be the first step and yes corporations will most likely take advantage of this but nothing will stop the progress of humanity.



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 01:31 PM
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We already have very basic "robots" that can build copies of themselves so I don't think we are a billion miles away from one that can design and build another robot.

US researchers have devised a simple robot that can make copies of itself from spare parts.

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posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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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?



posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 02:34 PM
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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?




You also have to factor in the AI is getting more advanced each and everyday. A century ago we didn't have the necessary components or the technical know-how of machines work like they do now. Mechs are primarily manned why robots are unmanned. Different tasks for different purposes after all.



posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 04:53 PM
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This will be great as long as they don't lack for human pilots. How cool would it be to see these replace those clunky old yellow construction vehicles?



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 07:16 PM
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Great job
It's really interesting to see how technology is moving forward so fast and how developed these mechs are
great vids



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 08:15 PM
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We always hear how advanced the egyptians were. Now we know how the pyramids were built.



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 09:29 PM
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That reminds me. I'm sure they could of done the same things but with wood as an exoskeleton and powered by rats on a wheel. Surely the ancient ones also thought out this plan but could never get the materials to do so. After all the 20th century was where the real technological wonders started coming to life. Give it a few more centuries and Mechs will be replacing most tasks that we do now.





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