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You can help MegaBots prepare for giant robot scrap against Japan

NASA willing to help MegaBots in giant robot challenge
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 10:23 pm

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."


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