Humanoid robots aren't cheap. The lowest price kit runs at least $700, and builders typically pay from $1,200 just to get started in the biped robot game. So, when they compete at an event like RoboGames, they tend to be a little cautious about breaking servos or brackets, at least until the official part of the competition is over.
But, once they can relax and not have to worry about missing their turn in the ring due to a broken part, they throw caution to the wind. All the robots, both lightweight and middleweight, get into the ring together. When they referee shouts "Start!", the robot rumble is on.
The game is extremely simple. Knock your opponents out of the ring and avoid the same thing happening to yourself. The Last Robot Standing wins.
After three days of intense battle, endless sparks, smoke, chewed tires, and all night repair sessions, the final Combots Heavyweight match pitted Sewer Snake against Last Rites in a fight to the death - literally.
As you can see from the video, Sewer Snake administered the Last Rites to Last Rites.
The Robot Japan team takes on the Innovati team from Taiwan playing robot soccer at RoboGames 2011. Each team has three players. Halfs are 7 minutes long with a short break between the halfs for battery changes.
It's only the first of three really intense days of robot combat at RoboGames 2011, but already some of the bots are spewing flames, chewing metal, smashing bodies, and raising all sorts of crazy mayhem. Lightweight combots, like Triple-X by Team-Tiki from Kensington, California are giving it all they are worth and hoping to survive each match, and each day, on their long journey to capture and bring home the Gold Metal.
Geiger, the awesome humanoid mech designed by Andrew Alter, was featured in the latest video from MakeMagazine. Unfortunately, as impressed as the hosts were by Geiger, they couldn't seem to remember that the robot was specifically designed to totally destroy the competition in Mech Warfare.
Sitting out in the audience, or watching via the Internet, it's hard to get a real feeling for the hard work, dedication, talent, skill, and passion that goes into staging a robot competition like Robot Japan.
So, we tried to capture a few scenes from yesterday's competition so that you get at least a little taste of the excitement and adventure.
The Robot Japan team will be competing, and staging regular demonstrations during the day, at RoboGames 2011 from April 15th to the 17th.