Back on July 9, 2015, I wrote about the initial events surrounding the patriotic robot battle…. and two-years later, after lots of hype within the fighting robot community—which means most people don’t hear anything about it—both company’s have completed building their war machines and are reading to take on each other.
Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the giant robot battle will go on, with live streaming of the event planned.
In 2015 when America’s MegaBot laid down the challenge to Japan’s Suidobashi and its Kuratas robots, they only accepted the challenge if it involved hand-to-hand combat, fearing the America robots company would be “typically American” and just slap some guns on its robot, which would only prove that American robots are attune to the U.S. of America’s 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Robots are people, too… right?
"Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It's Super American ... If we're going to win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it," said Kuratas robot designer Kurata Kogoro (surname first) Kurata, back in 2015.
Despite the desire for metallic hand-to-hand combat, both robots are expected to possess the ability to shoot/fire projectiles at each other.
- Height: 15 feet (4.57 meters);
- Weight: 12,000 pounds (5,443.1 kilograms);
- Movement: Caterpillar treads (2);
- Cabin: Enclosed steel, but currently in a mesh format;
- Humans: one pilot and one gunner;
- Armament: high-powered cannons firing 1.3 kilogram paintballs or paint cans at 120 miles per hour (193.1 kilometers per hour;
- Control: I'm guessing levers, buttons and pedals - akin to a car.
- Height: 13-feet (3.96 meters) - Japanese are shorter than the Americans, after all;
- Weight: 9,000 pounds (4,082.3 kilograms);
- Movement: One wheel each on four wide legs that raise robot up and down. It's quick;
- Cabin: Enclosed roll cage with plexiglass covering providing better pilot protection;
- Humans: One;
- Armament: Two Gatling BB cannons, firing 6,000 BB pellets per minute; one water cannon (weak) that fires water-propelled missiles;
- Control: Augmented reality display in cockpit; automated target acquisition; weapon tracking interface to ensure it continues to hit its target. Locked on is locked on.
Please not that start time is 11AM in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.