MegaBots Inc. is a Boston based robotics startup. The three young masterminds behind the business launched a video challenge last week to Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries, known to boast a clean-cut, technological prime material mega robot.
The video of MegaBots Inc. filmed amidst industrial paraphernalia and featuring two of the creators clad in American flags, did not go unnoticed by Suidobashi’s Kogoro Kurata, who promptly responded on Sunday with a video of his own.
To the inciting
“Suidobashi, we have a giant robot, you have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel”,
Kogoro Kurata answered yes, and:
“Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s…super American.”
So it seems it’s on. Both the American and the Japanese teams need some time to prepare, particularly considering the terms of the challenge. No guns allowed! Purely metal on metal old-fashion fighting. Just cooler and enhanced by the technological capabilities of a mega robot.
Prepare for what the founders of MegaBots Inc. see as the future of sports: Robot SmackDowns. The battle should take place in 2016 if everything goes according to plan. It will be particularly interesting to see two different styles in a combat arena, as a clear difference is felt between Eastern and Western robots.
Suidobashi’s mega robot, named Kuratas after Kogoro Kurata who developed it with partner Wataru Yoshizaki was finished in 2012. A 9,000 pounds marvel, Kuratas will be a worthy opponent to MegaBots Inc.’s MegaBot Mark II.
Suidobashi’s Kogoro Kurata stated in the video that:
“We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture.”
Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein, the two founders of Boston-based MegaBots Inc., explained that the startup and MegaBot Mark II were born out of the love for movies, videogames and the inherited idea that people could operate these giant battles suits known as “mech suits”.
Mech Warrior, Battletech or Robot Jox are just a few of the inspiration sources.
“Mechs have been a part of science fiction culture for the last 30 to 40 years”, commented Gui Cavalcanti.
After Mark I was created, an enhanced version turned to be MegaBots Inc.’s pride: MegaBot Mark II. 3,000 pounds heavier than Suidobashi’s Kuratas, it is advertised by its creators as the ‘gasoline-powered fury’ that hosts two human operators and boasts 3-pound paintball cannons firing at 160km/hour.
Kuratas is sleeker both in design and weight. 9,000 pounds with twin Gatling guns, and one person manning the giant armor.
The big guns, impressive as they may be, won’t matter much though as when the challenge does take place it will a barren, metal on metal take-down.
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