The MegaBots team is back with a plan to win against the Japanese robot in the first giant robot fight scheduled for July 2016. All American Geeks are called on to help via a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign.
MegaBots Inc. calls on all geeks to support their mission to win the world's first giant robot duel. On June 30th MegaBots has challenged Japanese Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot duel.
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The Japanese giant robot pioneer has accepted on July 5. KURATAS creator Kogoro Kurata and Wataru Yoshizaki want a hand-to-hand combat. The challenge has got a lot of attention in early July. Now the American team is back with a plan to beat the Japanese robot.
MegaBots founders Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein and Brinkley Warren have assembled a team of American innovators, ￼engineers, fabricators and entertainment professionals to prepare their robot Mk. II for battle. Team members include Grant Imahara, known from Mythbusters and Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize.
The big issue is that the 12,000 pound Mk. II was designed for paintball combat and not for melee fight.
To fund the effort to make the Mk. II a melee fighting machine, MegaBots is launching a Kickstarter campaign that is tailored to robot geeks.
"￼Crowdfunding could become America’s secret weapon, ensuring that America goes into history ￼books as the winner of the first contest of a brand new global sport – the UFC of giant robot fighting. ￼We're building the science fiction sports league of the future, one giant robot fight at a time," said Gui Cavalcanti, MegaBots CEO.
The MegaBots Kickstarter campaign aims to raise at least $500k for basic armor, speed and power upgrades to the Mk.II which will make America’s robot 5x faster, 5x more powerful, and ready to engage in melee combat.
At $750k, the Mk.II will get an interchangeable weapon suite that will allow them to test which weapons combinations work best. At $1M, the Mk.II will get a balancing algorithm that keeps it balanced and steady while in melee combat.
At $1.25M, the Mk.II will be significantly upgraded for pilot safety in consultation with NASA. At $1.5M, the Mk.II will get a Hollywood makeover from a visual effects firm that made robots for films like Star Wars, Terminator, and the Matrix.
Supporters can donate between $1,000-$2,500 to pilot and test fire the MegaBot paintball cannons, and for $5,000 fans will be able to punch a car that hangs from a giant crane. This will help test out the robot’s upgraded hand-to-hand combat skills.
The ultimate geek package for $10,000 means that backers can join the pit crew of Team USA.
To support Team USA visit the MegaBots Kickstarter page.
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The campaign already raised over $36,000 in the first 2 hours. The media attention just started. This Kickstarter should easily succeed.