Megabots Inc, an Oakland, California-based startup, has built a 15ft (4.5m) mechanical gladiator and challenged a Japanese firm to an international battle for robot supremacy.
Tokyo-based Suidobashi Heavy Industries, maker of the 13ft (4m) Kuratas, accepted the challenge, setting the stage for the first giant robot battle of its kind next year. The exact date and location are yet to be determined.
Win or lose, it’s all part of Megabots’ plan by to make gladiator-style robot combat into big-time entertainment – a mix between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Formula One auto racing – while developing new industrial technologies and inspiring a new generation of engineers.
The Megabots founders envision a sports league where teams from around the world build huge humanoid robots that throw each other down in stadiums filled with screaming fans.