Crossfield's Paul Allen builds 'giant killer robot' named Patronus in his backyard

Phil Allen from Crossfield has built what he calls a "giant killer robot" in his backyard in southern Alberta.
Phil Allen built a 900-pound robot in his backyard, and hopes to build another with funds crowdsourced from the public. 2:02

Phil Allen from Crossfield has built what he calls a "giant killer robot" in his backyard in southern Alberta.

While it can only move its head, the robot named Patronus — which stands for protector and father figure in Latin — stands almost three metres and weighs about 400 kilograms, or roughly 900 pounds. 

"Arnold Schwarzenegger — I think you see some of him there," said Allen, a military veteran. "I just tried to use the human body and just went up." 

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But it doesn't stop there, as he wants to build another robot with help from the public.

"All his legs would move — his arms, his fingers, his head, his torso — everything would work," said Allen.

He has collected more than $330 so far, but has to raise roughly $149,000 more in 10 days.

Allen says while some people may think it's silly, he says every good venture often starts with a far-fetched idea.  


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