The Future Sport of Giant Robot Fights to Be Inaugurated in US vs. Japan Challenge

By: | July 12th, 2015

Giant Robot Fights US-Megabots-Mark-2

Giant Robot Fights US-Megabots-Mark-2 (Image Courtesy www.megabots.com)

Japanese mega-robot creator Suidobashi Heavy Industry, headed by Kogoro Kurata, accepted a challenge this week from US robotics firm MegaBots for a winner-take-all robot brawl to take place next summer in a giant stadium at a yet undetermined location.

Giant Robot Fights

Giant Robot Fights (Image Courtesy www.jalopnik.com)

The event is expected to kick off a new global industry, perhaps worth billions, in which giant robots battle for supremacy. Like all emerging sports over the past several decades, mainstream sponsors are lining up: Autodesk, Engadget, Business Insider, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, VICE, and the Discovery Channel. The following video from the DARPA Robotics Challenge shows what looks to be the ground floor of a new sport/industry in the making.

US vs. Japan to Kickoff Global Robot Fighting Industry

Kurata, pictured in the bandana in the image below, is the creator of Kuratas, a 13.2 foot (4m) tall, four-legged, four-ton robot than can reach speeds up to 6 miles per hour (10 km/h). Kuratas also has twin Gatling guns, an electronic targeting system and a full heads up display.

The US opponent will be Megabots Mark 2 which is 15.1 feet (4.6m) tall and is designed to hurl Canon-sized paintballs at over 100 mph (160 km/h). Megabots is led by Andreas Hoffmann’s MIT Ph.D. thesis “Robust Execution of Bipedal Walking Tasks from Biomechanical Principles“.

Giant Robot Fights US Japan Robot Challenge

Giant Robot Fights US vs. Japan Robot Challenge (Image Courtesy www.japantimes.com)

Following is a video on the US vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel Challenge:

David Russell Schilling

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