The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived…well…kind of. We at least now know the month when the battle of the century will commence.
Back in 2015, a team of American engineers, under the MegaBots moniker, challenged their Japanese counterparts, named Suidobashi, to a giant robot mega-battle. The Americans wanted to pit their Mark II robot against Japan’s Kuratas. And, after nearly two years of anticipation, we can finally gear up to watch this battle, at an unspecified date in August, at an unspecified location.
While we may have visions of elegant swordplay with lightning fast parries and ripostes, it’s not likely that robotics has gotten to the level of science-fiction favorites like Gundam or Pacific Rim.
MegaBots was also able to generate $2.4 million dollars last year to create a robot fighting league.
Robotics have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci gave the world its first recorded designs for a humanoid robot. Fittingly, it was made out of a suit of armor. Perhaps giant fighting robots were the logical conclusion to military technology.
Amazon’s CEO, Jef Bezos, recently demoed the world’s first manned bipedal robot. He couldn’t help but conjure images of Lex Luthor in his Warsuit or Obadiah Stane in the Iron Monger. This model isn’t likely to be battling superheroes anytime soon, but there are plenty of military robots already in existence and in development.
The software behind modern robots is also rapidly developing. There is now even tech available that allows humans to control robots with their minds.
These fighting robots may not have that capability, but humans aren’t likely mature enough to handle mind controlled mecha-fighters at this point in time anyhow. So tune into the MegaBot and Suidobashi YouTube channels this summer to see all of your twisted metal fantasies come true.