I’m pretty sure we’re all somewhat familiar with the characters below:
Those are, of course, the Autobots from the Transformers toy and cartoon series.
But are you familiar with this?
Meet the Bipedal Robot, R50RD. He’s the brainchild of one Dr. Colin Mayhew, an engineer who (according to the project website) worked on both the original 60’s model Mini and the new BMW version. He’s taken his engineering knowledge and his paticularly keen insight on the Mini Coop and built a gawdamn ROBOT. It’s not a transformer (*sigh) as far as I can tell from the page, but Mayhew does have a jump seat design on this schematics page.
Now, the first time I looked at this site (and the picture above), I admit I was more than a little skeptical. After all, it’s not hard to play with Photoshop (as my high school diploma proves). But then I watched these….
Now…..I don’t know what to think. It could be a hoax. God knows the damn ‘Net is filled with ‘em. (Remember that totally fucked up “President George W. Bush” hoax..that scared the shit out of me….oh…wait. *sigh*) The video is grainy, there’s a hell of a lot of pixelation..it could be one smoking edit. Maybe it’s a viral marketing campaign for some Transformers movie….But part of me thinks/hopes/fears that this is totally legit. I qualify that thought that way because I have a love/hate thing with our futuristic robot bretheren. I’m all for them doing dangerous and hazardous duties that would kill any human being, but I’m against their staunch ‘kill all humans’ philosophy. Though a robot monkey would be pretty kick-ass once I taught it that my thigh wasn’t a chew toy.
Anway…you decide: The Real Deal or Elaborate Hoax?