Back in April Metro told you first about Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot, a three-tonne, five-metre-tall electric running machine that a group of engineers is building in an unassuming East Vancouver laboratory.
On Monday, the team launched an Indiegogo campaign to try to raise $100,000 so they can complete the beast by 2015.
The promo video for the campaign offers some hilarious insights into the eccentric imagination of lead artist and engineer Jonathan Tippett, who dreamed up the high-performance machine seven years ago.
Tippett is in New York this week showcasing a prototype of the robot’s front leg at the prestigious Engadget tech conference.
“Prosthesis is neither a weapon, nor a tool,” he said in a statement.
“It is a sports machine, and the pilot is the athlete. It’s Formula One meets the future.”
Once complete, he said Prosthesis will be the world’s first racing robot, capable of reaching speeds of 25 kilometres per hour and even jumping.
The volunteers from Vancouver non-profit eatART are no strangers to this kind of project, they have already made headlines around the world with their giant electric Mondo Spider and robotic snake named Titanoboa.
“It’s an exciting time for us right now. There is a lot of buzz. People are really taking notice,” Tippett said.
“After years of work and careful planning, the dream is about to become a reality. We’ve got the team, the plans, and the space to build. Once we get funding, we’re good to go.”
To donate to the Indiegogo campaign, click here.