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Megabots

10/18/2017 8:24 PM

Well, the giant robot duel between the U.S.A. and Japan, promised for last August, has finally happened.

The robots were piloted personally by the team leaders, albeat, in a steel mill, (with no audience seating?) on Japan's Home ground... I could see from the beginning that the American team would be at a disadvantage when they let Japan set the ground rules of only melee combat, wiith no target-shooting for accuracy, or obstacle course for time, with the winner being the leader in two of the three events...

But, no matter, the contest was set between the single, and relatively more nimble, 8-ton Japanese Robot verses the 12, and 15, ton American robots...

In the first Duel. Japan scored a stunning one-punch knock-out (ouch!...)

In the Second Duel, U.S.A. and Japan became stuck in a clinch, effectively to end round 1 as a draw...

But, the U.S.A. swapped-out for a weapon of more (messy disruption ?...) to get back in to the fight...

In my mind, Japan won the pound-for-pound title, and they definately deserve an additional consolation prize for the best purple hair...

Interestingly, several historical parallels could easily be drawn from the results...

Several nations are trying to challenge the winner. Film at eleven?...

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10/19/2017 12:18 PM

GA for the link.

I forgot to specify that the pilot of the Japanese robot is the the President of the Japanese Company that makes their commercially available robots ...

So, I just gotta give'em props for hands-on leadership...

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10/19/2017 12:20 PM

Good alternate link.

Any word yet of an Australian contender?...

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10/19/2017 8:11 AM

Reminds me of Rock'em Sock'em robots

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10/19/2017 1:24 PM

... ''from little acorns, great oak trees grow''... eventually...

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10/19/2017 2:57 PM

Well worth watching, regardless of the outcome or the expectations you might have had before and after the event this was the first of its kind, a true human-controlled autonomous mobile robot combat match and an event that will go down in the history of robotics.

A truly historic event and milestone for the engineering and robotics communities.

Does this mean robot leagues in the future, who knows, but a great step forward has occurred in our lifetime.

As a side note the presenters and camera men running for their lives as the robots crashed through the lights and into the presenters desk was hilarious and only helps show to the network executives and public that these events can be fun to watch even if they cannot really appreciate the Engineering and software control behind them (regardless of if it was staged or not by the American team).

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10/19/2017 4:06 PM

I could not have said it better myself. GA from me.

... and when might we see a challenger from New Zealand?...

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10/19/2017 4:39 PM

I really can't say. The budget and sponsorship required for this means it might be a while unless it becomes more mainstream. Until then I think we will be stuck in the small RC mini robot combat leagues privately funded by individuals and small groups of like-minded enthusiasts.

For example Robot Wars UK

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10/19/2017 8:59 PM

Well then, fight on Riptillian...

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