Gundam Suit

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    1. I have never understood the Japanese obsession with giant bipedal robots. Sure they look kinda neat, but from a technical and engineering standpoint they’re a nightmare.

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    2. @wookie

      It worked for Honda’s Asimo thing. couldn’t it be pulled off on a larger scale?

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    3. @luvmachine

      It is not structurally sound to build a robot that large. Its weight would cause many problems, such as the ground crushing under its feet with every step. Give it a shove and it’ll topple over.

      Another issue is that there aren’t really any metals that we could use to build a real one that would be strong enough for the job.

      One thing that bugs me is the hands most giant robots seem to possess. Generally their only function is to hold a gun, which they can drop. Why not just weld the gun to the end of the arm?

      As a roboticist, this type of robot always annoys me. Doesn’t stop me from watching anime though. Biologically inspired robots based upon animals are a much better idea.

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    4. One thing I was gonna mention is the strength-of-materials issue, but also FUEL CONSUMPTION! Assuming it runs on a central powerplant you’ve still got distribution and transmission issues, and knowing how much power AWD trannys soak up, you’d be using loads of enging power just to keep upright. Absurd

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    5. “Biologically inspired robots based upon animals are a much better idea.”

      Aren’t the bipedal robots based on humans and , the last I heard, humans are animals.

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    6. @gor
      Oops, I meant non-bipedal animals. There are many robots based on snakes, bugs, dogs, etc. Why needlessly complicate it with bipedal motion? Bipedal robots do look neat but are a pain in the ass to get working right. They are getting better though, and passing into the “Uncanny Valley” creepy zone.

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    7. I agree, there are better lifeforms (with a few exceptions) to emulate for most jobs, but the human form is the coolest, and shouldn’t science and technology have a certain amount of coolness in it?

      I mean, if I had a choice between going into battle as commander of either a elephant inspired AT-AT or a human inspired Warlord titan, I would have to go with the Warlord.

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    8. Looking at the Shoulder pads, I can only think of Portal

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