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Japan accepts America's giant robot battle challenge

By midian182 ยท 41 replies
Jul 7, 2015
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  1. Two giant fighting robots - one American and one Japanese - are to face off against each other in a melee battle next year. Boston-based company Megabots issued a challenge to Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries last week, offering to pit their 15-foot, six-ton Megabot Mark 2 fighting robot against Suidobashi's Kuratas, a smaller but faster 12-foot, 4.5-ton robot.

    Both machines are piloted by drivers who sit inside them; a single person controls Kuratas, while Megabot can hold two people. Each robot is equipped with several projectile weapons; the American Megabot can fire giant paint balls at more than 100 miles per hour, while Suidobashi's machine packs twin, six-barrelled Gatling guns that use BB-sized pellets, as well as an advanced targeting system with a heads-up display.

    Despite all the weapons at the robots' disposal, they will have no influence over who wins the battle. Suidobashi has said Kuratas will only participate if the fight is hand-to-hand.

    Although the robots may appear evenly matched, there are some big differences. The Megabot Mark 2 cost around $175,000 to make and runs on a pair of giant tank treads, whereas Suidobashi sells Kuratas for more than $1 million and its four swiveling wheels make it three times faster than the American challenger.

    Kogoro Kurata, Suidobashi's founder and chief executive, seemed surprised by the challenge and took a few jabs himself. "Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It's... super American," the CEO said, adding "We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture."

    MegaBots co-founder Matt Oehrlein says both teams will need time to make battle modifications. He asks Suidobashi to name a battlefield where their giant robots can face off in one year. The Japanese company made its own response video in order to accept the offer.

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  2. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 581   +159

    This is stupid . . . and AWESOME! I would definitely tune into this fight.
    spectrenad, dms96960 and madboyv1 like this.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    If ABC had not just brought back Battlebots (hurray!) I'd say this would have been a good reason to. This is gonna be awesome.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,521   +905

    I'm American, but I hope Japan wins. I like their design a lot more.
    SirChocula likes this.
  5. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    And so does a new Sport's League is born ...
  6. Gundam coming soon :D
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    More like Mechwarrior (USA) and Votoms (Japan), of which I find both to be more realistic and practical than Gundam. XD

    Mechwarrior generally takes place in the 31st century, looks like we might be early by a thousand years.
    Arris likes this.
  8. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 536   +210

    Hehe, I never thought "Real Steel" would be remotely possible :p.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,507   +3,510

    What's the point if they aren't using live ammunition and fighting over princesses on space stations? DEATH, DESTRUCTION, POLITICS... that's what this fight is missing.
    Arris likes this.
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    This is going to be a new adventure in lame. they are not going to risk damaging the one robot they have so anything regarding actual fighting is out. They will most likely take the assets of each bot and run a computer scenario/simulation to decide the winner. It is going to look like watching Stephen Hawking get up a curb, and have all the excitement of Geraldo opening the vault of Al Capone.
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    You mean like a mech version of Deadliest Warrior? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadliest_Warrior
  12. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,802   +1,539

    Seriously???? Look guys, we need to scrap the robot and bring in Iron Man ..... he's our only chance!
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,534   +2,318

    Boy, are you ever showing your age. Computer simulations are the most fun you can have without sexting on an iPhone
    Yeah, that DB got me with that one too. He's still in broadcasting too. The man is harder to get rid of than crab lice.

    There's an "app" for that. Here's a tutorial:
    SirChocula, davislane1 and madboyv1 like this.
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    OMG - I've never seen a C-130 like that before!
  15. I don't care who wins!

    I just want this to be EPIC!
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    That was my first thought also.
    If that is the case why the limit of "Hand to Hand"?
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,534   +2,318

    That's "Fat Albert", support transport for the Navy's Blue Angels. Given all the bad press Bill Cosby has received lately, it gives one pause to wonder if they'll have to change the airplane's name.

    Anyway, Albert is part of the show. In addition to that big blast off, the C-130 does several high speed passes at treetop level.

    In fact, that demonstration, in addition to the fact that the FA-18's the Angels fly are twin engine, make for a far bertter show than the Air Force's "Thunderbirds". (The F-16 is single engine). Big, big difference between 6 afterburners lit, and a cool dozen going off.
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    It was a joke , like two ...let's say effeminate guys having a slap fight.

    I think those J.A.T.O's are about 20k thrust each if memory serves.
  19. So at least one of the pilots is going to die as result of this melee combat ?
  20. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,687   +354

    I'm awaiting the legal action from the makers of the Mechwarrior game series :)
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,534   +2,318

    Yeah but still, things could get ugly. One knocks off a false eyelash, and the next thing you know, the other brute is is wildly swinging a ten pound handbag.:eek:

    So enough to get Mr. Hawking to the top floor of a six story walk up, then?
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
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  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,534   +2,318

    I take it you haven't been outside or watched the news recently?
    @red1776 Dude, your posting skills have atrophied to the point of incoherence.:oops: Sorry to be the one to bring that up. Topically they're still great though.(y)
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
  24. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,507   +3,510

    I consider myself a passive agent in the on-going burning of the world. So, oxi no.
    BethanyRoberts likes this.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    What is it you are on about then?
    My posting skills are a lot not less better than they never were before.
    Capaill, lipe123 and RebelFlag like this.

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