Japan Seeks Revenge On US, Accepts Giant Robot Duel Challenge

America and Japan just went at it in the Women’s World Cup on July 5, 2015, and it seems as though Japan is looking for revenge.  After America’s MegaBots company created their first working giant robot named the Mark 2, MegaBots issued a challenge to the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries.  They too have a giant robot named the Kuratas, the first of its kind.  After the outcome of the Women’s World Cup, this showdown of giant battle bots will be quite the spectacle, and very well may be the beginning of something legendary.  I can only imagine how this event may create a landscape of revolutionary robotics that hopes to achieve dominance in an arena against other robots.  Who knows, this could turn into an event that carries national prestige akin to the Olympics or the world cup.  Either way, fans of robotics will be pleased that the challenge date is set only a year away.

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In the American corner, we have the MegaBots Mark 2, a bipedal behemoth with tank tracks for wheels, and two large appendages that feature paintball guns that can fire 3 pound paint balls at or near 100 mph.  An impressive arsenal with a body that weighs in at 6 tons, requiring 2 human operators to maneuver and control the beast.  I’m sure the paint scheme will be changed to match the appropriate level of national enthusiasm this event will create, but for now it currently looks like they found all of the pieces at a dump.  Don’t let the paint scheme fool you though, what the Mark 2 lacks in patriotism it makes up for in american ingenuity and drive.  This will surely be a solid contender.

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In the Japanese corner, we have the Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s Kuratas, the first giant robot of its kind, built for ‘warfare.’  As such, it has set the bar for the competition, and since this is the first giant robot fight that I’m aware of, is, by default, the current giant robot champion.  The newcomer will have to prove their metal against this interesting vehicle.  Sporting a pair of Gatling guns that shoot BB’s with a high rate of fire, as well as many undisclosed weapons that may or may not be used in the bout, the Kuratas has chosen speed and maneuverability, along with the assistance of spray and pray weapons to give them an edge over any would be competitor.  Weighing in at 4.5 tons, and having more legs, means the Kuratas will be more mobile, which may allow it to outmaneuver the Mark 2.  As well as guidance software and a heads up display to boot, the Kuratas will prove to be a worthy competitor.

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Let the Battle Begin!…in one year.  The CEO of Suidobashi Heavy Industries says that giant robots are part of Japanese culture, and that the Mark 2 looks very “American.”  He also hopes there will be melee combat.  I literally cannot wait for this to happen.  It better be televised.

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The Americans issued their decree via youtube, and the Japanese responded in kind.  You can view their videos below.

 

Original Posts at Cnet and Cnet.

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