Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pilots giant robot

Updated:

LOS ANGELES - Video shows Amazon founder Jeff Bezos having a blast at the controls of a giant robot.

The robot was created at Hankook Mirae Technology’s lab near Seoul in South Korea and showcased in Los Angeles at Amazon’s MARS robot conference over the weekend.

Bezos tweeted a picture of himself smiling inside the robot, which he controlled from a cockpit in its torso.

Video showed that the 13-foot, 1.5 ton robot was able to move its arms around, but it did not walk.

According to Geekwire, Hankook Mirae engineers worked with a Hollywood robot designer who has been involved in such movies as Transformers, RoboCop and Terminator.
 

"Our robot is the world's first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go (unprotected)," Hankook Mirae chairman Yang Jin-Ho said in December.

There has been speculation as to whether the robot can actually walk and is fully functional, but a report from phys.org from December said the manned Method-2 robot had taken its first steps.