The Japanese have accepted the challenge. Now, the fun begins with something out of Real Steel, the movie.
Igniting the challenge, co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti said: “Suidobashi, you have a giant robot, we have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen.”
The challenge was issued late last month while they were putting their final touch to the Mark 2 model, which is the first American fully-functional, giant piloted robot.
It weighs in at 6 tons, is controlled by 2 pilots, fires paint cannonballs that weigh 3 pounds, and reaches speeds of over 100 miles per hour. AWESOME! I’d love to have a play in it.
USA CHALLENGES JAPAN TO GIANT ROBOT DUEL!
According to CNN, MegaBots challenged the only other company in the world that can give its mechanic behemoth a run for its money.
Suidobashi Heavy Industry has created ‘Kuratas,’ a towering robot that is already commercially available.
Japan accepts the challenge
And in response, Suidobashi Heavy Industrys’ CEO Kogoro Kurata said: “I’ll fight, absolutely.”
“Kuratas” was named after the designer, and was launched in 2012 in Japan. It weighs in at 4.5 tons, which is a little less than the American counterpart, has Gatling guns that are controlled by an advanced targeting system, heads-up display (HUD), and is piloted by one person.
“It’s interesting, I’ll give them that,” Kurata said in the YouTube response and on the company’s Facebook page on July 5.
“But come on guys, make it interesting! Just building something huge and sticking guns on it… it’s… super-American.”
RESPONSE TO ROBOT DUEL CHALLENGE:
The challenge from MegaBots has given the two teams a year to make any modifications that are necessary for them to be battle ready.
Giant robots, or “mecha,” as they are known in Japan, have a huge following. Kurata explained that the country’s pride was at stake. “We can’t let another country win this,” he said. “Giant robots are Japanese culture.”
Kurata suggests that the only way to find out who has the better robot is to slug it out in combat. “I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it.”
Just like in the movie Real Steel, it’s not always the bigger robot that wins.
Megabot A360 Challenge:
There has been no venue or date for the battle yet, but I’m sure there will be no shortage of fans who would be interested in it. I know I want to be there.