GIANT ROBOT DUEL: Japan vs. USA

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GIANT ROBOT DUEL: Japan vs. USA

Anne Sophie Kristiansen
October 18th, 2017
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America challenged Japan to a giant robot duel, and it was EPIC. For those of you who missed the hype, here’s a quick recap!

In 2015 MegaBots, Inc. completed Mk. II, America’s first giant piloted robot. The MegaBot is a whopping 15 ft. Tall, weighs over 12,000 lbs, and can fling 3lb objects at a speed of 130 miles per hour.

Mk. ll challenged Japan to a MegaBot duel. Japan is the only other country known for having a gigantic piloted robot. The Japanese robot was created by Suidobashi Heavy Industries and goes by the name “KURATAS”. Their machine weighs a colossal 9,000 lb. Japan was quick to accept the challenge, but under one condition, the battle had to include close contact combat.

MegaBots raised $500,000 through Kickstarter. Every penny raised through crowdfunding was put into upgrades for Mk. II. Under the rules of the fight, the robot not only needed to be able to take punches but also needed to be able to roll with them.

So who won the battle of gigantic robots?

Round one made it look like KURATA was going to win the battle, as it knocked out Mk. II with a single punch. However, the main fight told a whole other story. Mk. II used its chainsaw to tare apart the Japanese robot piece by piece until America was declared the winner. To watch the full fight, click here: https://www.megabots.com/ 

Is this the future for sports? We hope so!

“ Mk. II used its chainsaw to tare apart the Japanese robot piece by piece until America was declared the winner. ”

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