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MegaBots Is Finally Going To Take On Japan In the World's First Giant Robot Duel ( 38

A company called MegaBots released a video two years ago challenging a Japanese collective to a giant robot fight. About a week later, the Japanese group, Suidobashi Heavy Industry, agreed. Now, according to MegaBots co-founderes, Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti, the battle is set to take place in September. Quartz reports: The battle would have happened a bit sooner, but apparently there have been "logistical issues at the originally-chosen venue," according to a release shared with Quartz by MegaBots. Unfortunately for fans hoping to see the battle in action -- presumably including those who backed the Kickstarter project to the tune of $550,000 to bring this robot to life -- the event will be closed to the public and recorded, for fears over the teams' ability to keep spectators safe. (One of the earliest conversations MegaBots had with Suidobashi was trying to figure out how the human pilots inside the robots would themselves "figure out how to not die.") Fans will be able to watch the fight on MegaBots' Facebook and YouTube sites, but it's not clear whether the fight will be live.
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MegaBots Is Finally Going To Take On Japan In the World's First Giant Robot Duel

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  • Safety (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Drakster ( 976032 ) on Saturday August 05, 2017 @04:05AM (#54945517)

    I honestly can't see this fight being all that great as both robots require local pilots, two of them at least on the American robot. I'm no lawyer but suspect due to safety measures, this will be a very dull dual.

    These two bots should be controlled remotely, much like BattleBots. Now that should be a sight to see.

    • I agree. And have them fight in an abandoned "tactical village" so that there's plenty of room for these things to throw each other into / through buildings, smash cars over each other's heads, etc. You know, Michael Bay stuff.
    • These aren't robots, they're animatronic backhoes for children. /signed a robot engineer
    • by ranton ( 36917 )

      Agreed. I became far less interested the moment I read the robots had human pilots. Any hopes of this being a fight until one of the robots are inoperable was gone. This will probably be paintball / laser tag but with large slow maneuvering robots.

      I guess it is one step closer to a real giant robot battle. If these robots can be built with half a million dollars, and champion heavyweight human boxers can make over $10 million for a fight, it would seem the financials could work out for televised robot fight

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Don't be such a negatron!
      Be an optimistprime.

    • Dual pilots yes, on the U.S.A. robot but I don't see how that would be dull.

  • by jordanjay29 ( 1298951 ) on Saturday August 05, 2017 @04:46AM (#54945567)
    If the pilots are shouting move names as they battle.
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday August 05, 2017 @04:58AM (#54945579)

    Challenging Japanese to a giant robot duel? That's like challenging a Russian to a vodka drinking contest, you don't challenge someone in his national sport!

    • Never, ever challenge a Canadian to a poutine eating contest.

      Some of us would eat another poutine as a dessert after winning the contest.

      • Damnit, now I want a poutine.

        • AFK making a poutine. BBL.

          • by Cederic ( 9623 )

            Just researched poutine. I can see why it hasn't achieved international acceptance.

            I don't think it can remotely compete with poached eggs on beans on toast.

            • While a poutine is far from visually appealing, you have no right to judge until you've tried it. And I mean a real poutine, not a fake one from another country that will get from 1/3 to 2/3 of the ingredients wrong.

              • by Cederic ( 9623 )

                It's the french fries + gravy. This just doesn't work for me. I need proper chips, and I need them crispy.

                Unless it's a chip butty, but even there you'll not be adding gravy.

    • Mustang 357 vs.Honda Civic

      I'm not worried.
  • While there may not be an exact definition of "robot", there is a fair bit of autonomy implied by the proper use of the term in my opinion. These two machines are MECHA, which in my book is arguably cooler (aka geekier) than robots.

    Given the long and respected place for mecha in Japanese nerd culture, I'm surprised that it's being described as a robot in the first place. But, to be fair, the makers may well call their machine a mecha, but the english media when reporting on it and its American rival would

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Call it what you want, but my Roomba and AIBO have already ordered the pay-per-view and asked for that day off.

  • While this sounds fun and the still photos look cool -I don't see this playing out as much action.
    Large equipment is heavy. Lots of mass. That means lots of inertia - slow to gain speed, slow to change direction.
    It's going to be a slow motion dance.

Ernest asks Frank how long he has been working for the company. "Ever since they threatened to fire me."