US MegaBots vs Japan’s Suidobashi

Two years ago, MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries, to a duel between their giant robots. Suidobashi had accepted however added a condition of its own: melee combat must be a part of the fight.

To make sure its robot was up to the task for hand-to-hand combat, MegaBots started out a Kickstarter to upgrade its Mk.II robot, which was built mostly for long-range paintball combat. the item raised about $554,0 in crowdfunding by nearly 8,000 backers.

In August the company officially introduced the Eagle Prime robot. the item weighs in at 12 tons (24,000 pounds), will be 16 feet tall along with can seat two pilots. The machine will be powered by a 430 horsepower V8 LS3 engine along with costs $2.5 million, according to the company.

Suidobashi’s Kurata robots, according to PC Mag, weigh 6.5 tons along with will be about 13 feet tall. When responding to MegaBots’ initial challenge two years ago, Suidobashi CEO along with founder, Kogoro Kurata had said his team couldn’t let another country win because giant robots were part of Japanese culture.

MegaBots co-founder, Brinkley Warren, told CNBC in 2015 which the fight could potentially pave the way for a fighting robot league along having a billion-dollar sport.

— CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to reporting.

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