Now, it seems Team USA may have hit a snag and is asking you for help.
Co-founders Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti said in their challenge: “Suidobashi, you have a giant robot, we have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen.”
Team USA challenges Japan to giant robot duel!
The response from Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s CEO Kogoro Kurata was quick and to the point: “I’ll fight, absolutely, let’s fight hand-to-hand.”
Response to robot duel challenge:
But it seems Team USA is not ready. It has launched a Kickstarter campaign so they can upgrade their current robot to throwing punches. In a video that has been posted to the Kickstarter site, Oehrlein and Cavalcanti explain the upgrades that are needed.
The updated version of MegaBots’ Mk. II includes upgrades to its propulsion system so it’s able to move faster, it needs better armor so it can fend off the opposing attacks, and it could use a paint job.
Team USA Kickstarter for giant robot duel:
In the video, it also announced that it has partnerships with Grant Imahara (best known from Mythbusters), the creators of Battlebots, the CEO of Autodesk, and heads of robotics and defense companies, as well as an expert from NASA who worked on robotics systems that are currently on Mars.
Giant robot Team USA needs your help!
Anybody who donates $1,000 will get to ride in the robot and be able to sit in its gunner’s seat, and if that’s not enough, then hand over $5,000 and you will be able to take the reins and control the robotic arms as they smack cars as if they were punching bags.
Giant-robot battle between U.S. and Japan is happening:
The company has given itself 30 days to reach $500,000. At its current pace, it looks like it will achieve that aim in no time with more than $177,406 in donations in just a few hours of the campaign.
This is bound to get plenty of publicity over the next few days—let’s hope a TV network picks it up so we can see it on TV.