China Unveils ‘Megabot’ To Take On US & Japan


Beijing: Chinese robotics company GREATMETAL is now the third competitor in the first giant robot battle of its kind – and the team has unveiled its massive ‘Monkey King’ to take on America’s MK. II and Japan’s Kuratas. Monkey King is a single-seat machine that takes the form of a giant monkey, as it is capable of fighting while standing on two legs or on all fours.

California based robotics firm that developed MK. II, was originally conceived as a Kickstarter project to create a robot fighting league after it challenged Tokyo-based Suidobashi Heavy Industries, maker of the 13-foot Kuratas, in 2015 to the first giant robot battle of its kind – which is set to kick off in August 2017.

Win or lose, it’s all part of MegaBots’ plan by to make a real-life robot fight club into big-time entertainment – something the team see as a mix between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Formula One auto racing. MegaBot also plan to develop new industrial technologies and inspiring a new generation of engineers along the way.

‘Everyone wins as long as there is robot carnage,’ MegaBots co-founder Matt Oehrlein, an electrical engineer, said last year regarding the announcement of the international robot duel.

The Mk. II MegaBot is a 15-foot tall, 12,000 pound robot capable of hurling 3 pound projectiles at speeds of over 130 mph. Upon completion of the Mk. II, MegaBots challenged the only other known giant piloted robot in the world to a duel.

But now a third competitor is setting into the ring. Although not much is known about China’s Monkey King, it is believed to be a worthy competitor. The team uses four 50-foot long, one inch hoses to hook up Mk. II to a track base in order to feed it with hydraulic power, which gets 4,000 psi and 120 gallons per minute.

They also tested the robots massive arms by rolling both wrists and shoulders around, which gives the MegaBots crew enough confidence to move forward with the grab finale – lifting a car into the air.

But MegaBot is confident in their choice of robot-slaying machines it has designed for the upcoming dual. The giant robot dual came about after Oehrlein  ‘called out’ Suidobashi in a YouTube video: ‘We have a giant robot.’

‘You have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel.’ Suidobashi’s founder Kogoro Kurata accepted in his own video: ‘We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture. Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely.’

Kurata also taunted the MegaBots team: ‘Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it, it’s super American.

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