December 22, 2004

Now this is a guy with too much time on his hands...

Carlos Owens is building an 18-foot tall mech (or battle robot) in his back yard.

Owens, a 26 year-old steel worker in Anchorage, AK, plans on finishing it next summer.

"This is a concept that's been around for a long time," Owens said in a telephone interview. "But I'm not going to wait for the other guy to come out and make it when I've got the capability to do it myself."

He's always had an eye for huge projects, and an inventor's itch. He built a 35-foot wooden version of his mecha when he was 19, he said, as a sculpture project because he couldn't afford the materials to make it function. The latest project, drawing on his experience in the Army and as a steelworker, is more ambitious.

"I've always been building things," he said. "But with the mecha I wanted to do something different than what everyone else was doing. It's hard to invent something new."

When completed, the idea is for the pilot to be able to strap himself into a central, padded compartment, and then control the mecha with the motions of his own body. When the pilot walks, the mecha walks. Raise an arm and open a hand, and the mecha does the same, with 46 possible movements planned.

Owens suggests on his own website,, that one day mechs like this would be able to help put our wildfires or go into military combat.

Sounds like he's watched one too many episodes of Gundam Wing or someother Anime on Adult Swim.

Posted by mhking at December 22, 2004 02:03 PM
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