Right now, the robot is still wobbly on its feet -- hence the comparison to its first “baby-steps” -- and is tethered by a power cable to keep it on balance, according to PhysOrg. The immediate goal though, according to Bulgarov, is to develop a mounted platform that would enable the mech to maneuver through uneven terrain without a tether. This application could also supply extra battery life in areas with limited access to a power-source.
Although it looks ready for business, you won’t be seeing the Method-2 lumbering down the street, or responding to natural disasters anytime soon. But, if Yang has is way, the robot will hit the market by the end of this year, sporting an $8 million price tag.