American Mech robot geeks successfully challenged Japanese giant robot maker Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a robot duel. Now that the battle is on, many questions arise.
American Megabots has challenged Japanese Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a battle between their giant robots. As reported the Japanese giant robot maker accepted the challenge. The battle will take place in about a year.
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Megabots founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein posted on Facebook: "SUIDOBASHI ACCEPTED!!! ...and they're demanding that hand-to-hand combat between 5 ton robots be part of the duel. Well. Everyone has to die sometime. Excuse us while we figure out some ground rules... more soon, robot fans..."
Now that the battle is on, many questions arise. As Megabots said they need to figure out the ground rules for the fight.
Megabots just got founded last year and they just recently unveiled their piloted robot, while Suidobashi's Kuratas is around since 2012. The Megabots robot is manned by two pilots and the weapons of choice are paintball guns. Kogoro Kurata from Suidobashi though wants a hand-to-hand combat. Hand-to-Hand combat has many implications. It is one thing to get hit by a paintball or get crushed by a robot fist of a 4 ton robot.
As the robots are manned the cockpits need have safety features else Megabots Facebook messages refers to the death of the pilots and not the robot. The robot battle ground rules need to have limits that protects the pilots, but still make the fight exciting. Just tapping each other will not excite robot fans. The robots are expensive. The owners might also not want to risk major damages. Kuratas reportedly cost $1.4 million to make.
The robot fight is taking place in about a year, but the location is not known yet. Both robot companies have to meet and figure out the details for a big show. It could be the start of a new sport. This is what the Megabots founders have in mind as goal.
The Megabots challenge released a week ago has gone viral and not only will give Megabots a future but also Kuratas a new more exciting mission. Just recently Kuratas had to promote a new Tomy robot toy at the Tokyo Toy fair. This is certainly not a cool job for a warrior robot.
The Megabots founders are inspired by video games like MechWarrior. BattleMech's are all about guns. It will be interesting to see how Megabots adjust to the melee robot fight Suidobashi Heavy Industries wants. Watch below the Megabots guys explain their MegaBots Mark II robots and their motivation behind building a giant robot.
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We will keep following the giant robot battle between Japan and America and keep you updated.