The MegaBots team has destroyed their original robot. They are building a completely new robot worth $2.5m to compete with the Japanese robot in the first giant robot battle. Watch the new video.
MegaBots has destroyed its first robot, the Mk.II, for the sake of science. They team has shown the destructive tests in the first episode of the MegaBots web video series.
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The Mk. II robot has been deemed unsafe for hand-to-hand combat in the upcoming Giant Robot Duel.
“We’re committed to piloting our robot in the robot fight even given the risks, because we firmly believe in delivering on the science fiction dream the world’s been promised. That means we have to commit to pilot safety and a new era of robot design as we create the sports league of the future,” says Gui Cavalcanti, CEO and Co-Founder.
MegaBots begins to reveal the newt Mk. III robot in the 2nd episode of the MegaBots web series released today. MegaBots adopted roll cage design, that meets driver safety standards from Formula 1, NASCAR, Monster Jam, ANSI man-lift design standards, and U.S. Army vehicle design standards.
MegaBots is working with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s (IHMC) robotics department, the 2nd place DARPA Robotics Challenge champions, to design the humanoid robot control system for the new robot. The Mk. III robot controls enable the pilots to make the 10 tons robot to move agile, dodging attacks and perform fluid attack moves. The humanoid robot control is essential to make the giant robot come to "life" like they appear in movies or video games.
MegaBots has now employed a full-time team of 12 people, including but not limited to welders, machinists, engineers, designers, and more for the past year to bring this new robot to life. Watch the new MegaBots episode showing the begin of the new robot.
The Mk.III giant robot runs on a 350 horsepower, V8, GMLS1 engine. Other key modules include:
1) Hydraulic valves that are among the fastest-responding in the world, provided by Parker Hannifin.
2) Linear hydraulic actuators with among the best sensor resolution in the world (capable of .0001” resolution), provided by Parker Hannifin.
3) Custom, high-power, high-torque rotary hydraulic actuators provided by Helac Corporation.
4) EtherCAT-based electronics systems with redundant communication channels that allow for limbs to be destroyed in combat without losing robot functionality.
5) Control systems based on the Simulation Construction Set(SCS)from IHMC, which has powered the ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics, the Valkyrie robot from NASA, and other walking humanoid robots.
6) Fully integrated 3D design processes that utilize the Autodesk Product Design SuiteUltimate, particularly including Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, and Autodesk Fusion 360
The MegaBots Mk. III has an overall system weight of 10 tons (compared to the 6 tons of the Mk.II) and a top speed of 10mph. The total hardware cost of the robot is around $750,000, and a full robot cost (including labor) of $2.5 million.
"The Mk.II was designed to be an inexpensive prototype of a giant combat robot. The Mk.III is designed from the ground up to be the best robot possible,with the best hydraulic, robotics, and pilot safety technology available on the market today,” says Matt Oehrlein, Co-Founder of MegaBots.
The MegaBots team is taking the giant robot fight very serious, investing millions. The long term goal is to establish a giant robot league, with regular fight events. The question is if team Japan is preparing the same way for the fight. MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to the fight and they accepted the duel. Their robot is called Kuratas and they made the melee combat a requirement for the fight.
While MegaBots is updating fans on a regular basis, there is no update from Suidobashi Heavy Industries since the announcement of the acceptance of the robot duel challenge. Wataru Yoshizaki, the mastermind behind Kuratas has not surfaced again since last year when he accepted the challenge.
Suidobashi Industries has a deal with Tomy Toys for a robot toy. The Kuratas robot is available as a Gagan Gun laser tag remote control robot in Japan. See the video below.