He’s not quite the same polished cyborg you’ve seen in the Terminator, but FEDOR the Russian robot is pretty handy with a pair of Glocks…
FEDOR is an acronym for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research and is a step up from most artificial intelligence we’ve seen of late. The metal man is preparing to be used in space by 2021, but he’s getting some practice in down the range in the meantime.
In a video taken from a Russian government release on social media (which you can watch below), FEDOR is shown firing a pair of handguns at a wall of reacting targets in a time matched against a human shooter.
Exactly what FEDOR’s job in space will be is yet to be revealed, merely that it (he/she?) is set to accompany a new generation of spacecraft for the Russian Federation, and the dual wielding is just something extra to add to the CV.
But Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who announced FEDOR’s latest skills was quick to quash any rumours that Russia was planning on stealing Schwarzenegger’s role anytime soon, saying on state-sponsored media outlet Sputnik News:
“The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both arms. Currently, the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway. We are not creating a Terminator but artificial intelligence which will have a great practical importance in various fields.”
“Various fields” may also refer to FEDOR’s ability to weld, use a fire extinguisher, solder, unlock a door using a key, complete an assault course, use a saw and even get into the driver’s side of a car… Pretty sure we’re only a few steps away from Ultron, we just don’t know it yet!
Watch the video below and let us know what you think of this latest technical advancement on our social media channels. And if you are looking to shoot as accurately as FEDOR, why not take a look at our range of airguns, including the rather beautiful 177 Daystate Pulsar air rifle or the excellent Hatsan Gladius PCP air rifle and get some practice in?
Photo courtesy of Insomnia Cured Here on Flickr, under Creative Commons