RoboGames 2011: More Mech Warfare Hardcore Action (Video)

Here are a couple of other videos showing the Mech Warfare Hardcore robot action at RoboGames 2011:

By the way, Hikari - the robot on the left wearing the skirt was created by Che Edoga, an avid robot fan and educator who has been competing at RoboGames for the past couple years with humanoids and artbots. This was his first attempt at full-on Mech Warfare. We're sure he'll be back next year with a new, improve version of Hikari.

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RoboGames 2011: Hard Core Robot Combat (Video)

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Most of the humanoid robot competitions like ROBO-ONE and RoboGames don't allow the robots to try and destroy each other with rockets or other weapons of major destruction.

Mech Warfare, like ComBots, is an exception. In the "hard core" Mech Warfare classification almost anything goes. Most humanoid builders are very cautious about joining the battle since their robots cost more than the typical personal computer.

But this year at least two of the competitors gave it a try.

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RoboGames 2011 – Middle Weight Humanoid Kung-Fu Final (Video)

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While the top players in the Lightweight Humanoid Robot Kung-Fu competition turned out to be from the US, the top middle weight robots hailed from Asia.

The final Middle Weight Humanoid Robot Kung-Fu match was Zaura, from Japan, versus RND_Wimbleton, from Korea.

You can recognize RND_Wimbleton by the red markings. Zaura resembles a mechanical robot dinosaur in many respects - and even growls ferociously, kind of like a modern day Godzilla. You may have watched Zaura in action last year when he appeared with Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel.

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RoboGames 2011 – Line Follower Robots – Better Traction

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One of the original intentions behind the formation of RoboGames was David Calkins' strong belief that if robot builders and fans from all different markets and technologies got together then a lot of cross-pollination and idea exchange would naturally take place.

For example, this afternoon when I was talking robotics with Markus Primbs of CustoBots.com, he mentioned that he uses "tire condoms" to make his line follower robots more efficient.

That immediately drew my attention, and I asked him to explain in more detail. Hence the video clip above.

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