Massively Unexpected Consequences – Robot Style (Video)

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Most modern designers and engineers are very familiar with the law of unexpected consequences. You set off to design something with all of the best intentions in the world, but suddenly you find that your creation seems to have taken its destiny into its own hands and is doing something totally unexpected. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes it's bad. Sometimes it's just funny or stupid. But when the creation happens to be a 350 pound battle robot that spins like crazy, the results turn out to be a giant physics lesson. 

In the video clip below, captured at RoboGames 2006 by Brainwagon, Megabyte, a super heavy weight class battlebot gets flipped over and turns into a wildly spinning, and extremely dangerous, gyroscopic robot op.

It's a good thing that all of the battles are staged in a controlled environment with thick plastic shields separating the battling robots from the audience. If they went at it like this in the parking lot outside it would quickly be turned into a scene of destruction worth of any of the classic Mad Max epics.


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