A dramatically lit shot of the robot, courtesy designer Vitaly Bulgarov. Bulgarov previously worked in the entertainment industry but said that this robot is real, not a computer-generated design.
"Frankly, right now we don't even really care if people think this is legit because we didn't try to promote it," Bulgarov told Live Science.
If this robot is real, it would represent new advances in technology, Georgia Tech robotics researcher Christian Hubicki told Live Science. More graceful bipedal robots exist, but they are human-sized or smaller. Even these small robots struggle with balance.
"Bipedal walking [for robots] is not very stable yet," Jun Ho Oh, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology who led a South Korean team that won a major robotics challenge in 2015, told IEEE Spectrum. Many bots in that challenge, organized by the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), toppled over during the competition.