US Wins First GiantRobot Duel Against Japan

first_imgStay on target Move over, Hugh Jackman: U.S. startup MegaBots kicked steely ass Monday in a real-life giant-robot duel against Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industry.MegaBots threw down the iron gauntlet in June 2015, challenging Suidobashi to the world’s first giant-robot fight.The close-combat challenge was pre-recorded last month in an abandoned steel mill Japan, and broadcast this week via Amazon’s online streaming site, Twitch TV.Watch as the epic battle plays out over three rounds: From an easy defeat to a set-stomping skirmish that sends onsite commentators Mike Goldberg of the MMA and robotics expert Saura Naderi running for their lives. (The staged drama only adds to the excitement of the final moments.)*Spoilers ahead*Team USA—MegaBots co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti—operated two different robots:Standing 15 feet tall, the six-ton Iron Glory (MK2) is powered by a 24-horsepower engine and loaded with cannon ammunition and a mission launcher. But it was no match for Suidobashi’s Kuratas, developed by and named after driver Kogoro Kurata.Shorter and bulkier than its opponent, the speedy Kuratas—moving at a top speed of 18 mph versus Iron Glory’s glacial 2.5 mph—effortlessly KOed MegaBots’ machine in a matter of seconds.Iron Glory takes a hit (via MegaBots)Suffering a quick defeat, Cavalcanti and Oehrlein climb back on the horse robot for a second brawl, this time in the faster, more powerful Eagle Prime (MK3). The upgrade also includes a four-foot chainsword and double-barreled cannon.“We’re sitting on top of [a] 430 horsepower Corvette engine,” Cavalcanti told NPR, describing the experience as “awesome” and “terrifying.”“You can actually feel the robot just kind of shaking and quaking around you as you get punched, as you lean into a turn, as you fire the weapons or throw a punch,” he said.Team USA FTW! (via MegaBots)Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its predecessor, Eagle Prime (complete with a bald eagle crown and red, white, and blue accents—because, ‘Murica) takes the lead against Kuratas.A drawn-out shoving match eventually ends with a final whistle, marking MegaBots’ victory.“That was totally awesome!” Kurata said after the duel, in a show of good sportsmanship.“I think it’s time to make this a sports league,” Cavalcanti added. “I think it’s time to get some rules, some weight classes, [and] bring this show on the road.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img

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