Homemade Mecha Is Lonely Without Other Mechas to Beat Up On

Carlos Owens wanted a giant metal robot that would mimic his movements while he sat inside it. And since no one was about to build him one, he built it himself.

This 18-foot-tall, one-ton prototype is his second stab at the project, the first being made of wood. This version was started in 2004, and it's made of steel with a system of cables and hydraulics inside to make it work.

Currently, it can raise its arms, bend its knees and apparently do situps, but it's not quite where he wants it to be. He's working on two more prototypes to make it lighter and more maneuverable. And while he dreams of it having military applications at some point, he's focusing on a goal much more up our ally in the near future: mecha-vs-mecha battles. Sign us up! [PopSci]