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The MegaBot Mark 2, gearing up for battle.
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USA vs. the Rising Sun?
We are all familiar with robot competitions in the realms of sports and
combat, but let’s face it. Most are pretty lame, as demonstrated at the
pathetic 2015 Robocup soccer tournament. However, in 2012, Japan’s
Suidobashi Heavy Industries created the Kuratas giant robot, billed as the
world’s first giant boarding robot. The 4,500 kg vehicle is crewed by a single
operator who sits inside the bot’s body. It can be armed with such weapons
as a 6,000 round-per-minute BB Gatling cannon or a LOHAS launcher that
fires things like water bottles. It also has a humanoid hand for picking up
Kuratas ruled unchallenged until recently, when the Boston-based
MegaBots threw down the gauntlet after introducing MegaBot Mark 2: a six
ton unit piloted by a team of two. Reportedly, the Mark 2 can fire three
pound paint cannonballs at up to 100 MPH, and its Gatling guns feature an
advanced targeting system.
“Suidobashi, we have a giant robot, you have a giant robot; you know
what needs to happen,” said MegaBots co-founder, Matt Oehrlein in a video
while wearing an American flag as a cape. “We challenge you to a duel.”
The battle would occur in one year (after both teams have had a chance
to make appropriate battle modifications), at a location chosen by
Suidobashi. Will the challenge be accepted? We’re waiting, sucka! SV