THE JAPAN TIMES said that a robot can be ridden by a human.
The Land Walker robot, said the newspaper, is 3.4 metres high, weighs a ton, can move in all directions at one and a half kilometres an hour, and shoot sponge bullets at your enemies.
But you're going to have to dig into your pocket for a spare 36 million yen if you want to ride the pavements like a crazy.
We have a funny feeling that quite a few authorities won't be wanting this giant robot stomping over the pavements and sidewalks of this world.
Perhaps it's an interesting first step towards a "Heavy Gear" (old PC game) type IFV or carrier.
IIRC the game featured similarly sized (~3m)walking vehicles that had similar mobility and flexibility to a foot-soldier with vastly improved load-carrying capacity that could be used to mount a variety of weapons including mortars and guided rockets.
A bit far-fetched perhaps but a practical way of getting heavy weapons into places where tracks or wheels can't go would be usefull wouldn't it?
Seen the video it dosent have the stomping action .The us dod have some sort of research program into walking platforms but its long term.
i seem to remeber .Would be fun to have that turn up at cophill down but
even if you covered it in chobham and added chainguns I wouldnt take it round iraq unless i was tired of life .
Such things won't be practical until they can do everything a dismounted soldier can i.e. crouch behind cover, lean out from cover, drop flat on their faces and hope that anything bad flies right over, etc., etc.