Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry accepted a giant robot battle challenge from MegaBots, and now the team wants a bit of your help. The US robot will need some significant upgrades to make it suitable for hand-to-hand robot combat, which is a condition the Japanese company requested.
The US team created a Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $200,000 of an expected $500,000 goal - supported by 2,900 backers with 29 days remaining. The Mk. II needs heavy duty armor plating, additional firepower, updated hydraulics, and better motor to reach a higher maximum speed.
In addition to public support, the company has received backing from NASA, which is sharing some of its technology with a specific purpose:
"We're planning on working with NASA to integrate technology that's going to absorb the shock from the impact on the robot," said Gui Cavalcanti, engineer at MegaBots, in a statement to Popular Science. "For us, the robot falling over will be a 5 to 10 miles per hour event. It's a lot of force, [and] NASA has done the math on all that to develop ways to withstand that force."