MegaBots Giant Robot Funding Closes In On $300,000

Posted: Aug 21 2015, 12:00pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

MegaBots Giant Robot Funding Closes in on $300,000

MegaBots Inch has raised almost $300,000 since the Kickstarter launched earlier this week. The goal is $500,000. The Giant Robot makers have released new T-Shirts to keep the crowd funding campaign going.

On August 18, MegaBots Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make their Giant Robot ready for fighting the Japanese contender. American Geeks have raised over $286,000 so far to support Team USA.

The funding goal is $500,000 and there are still 27 days left. Today MegaBots unveiled two new T-Shirts that are very cool.

The black T-shirt has been designed MegaFan Henry Aird, and is called the Evolution of Man. The white T-Shirt is inspired by Team Japan's leader Kogoro Kurata. He said in the acceptance video: "Just building something huge and sticking guns on it... it's Super American."

"Super American" and the concept drawing of the updated MegaBot Mk. II are featured on the new white T-Shirt.

Supporters will be able to choose which shirt they want for any level at the end of the campaign.

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. Kurata asked for Hand-to-Hand combat. The giant robot fight is set for July 2016.

MegaBots still needs $200,000 to reach the first goal. There are further goals that would enhance the Mk. II with more capabilities and a Hollywood grade paint job.

More details on the MegaBots Kickstarter campaign.

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