WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Think of it as a rematch of the Women’s World Cup — robot style!
Japanese engineers have accepted a challenge from an American company to duel with giant robots.
It all started last week when American company MegaBots, Inc. released a YouTube video showing off its 12,000-pound Mk. II robot.
Wearing an American flag as a cape, MegaBots’ Matt Oherlein bragged about the Mk II’s big guns: a cannon capable of shooting 3-pound paintballs at 100 mph.
Then he issued his ultimatum to Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry, which makes the 9,000 pound Kuratas robot.
“Suidobashi, we have a giant robot. You have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen,” Oherlein demanded. “We challenge you to a duel. Prepare yourselves and name the battlefield. In one year, we fight.”
Perhaps hoping to avenge Japan’s 5-2 loss to the United States in the Women’s World Cup finals, Suidobashi CEO and creator Kogoro Kurata, wearing a Japanese flag, picked up the gauntlet, and even raised the stakes, releasing his own YouTube video.
“Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely. But you know what we really need? Melee combat,” answered Kurata.
Both of the giant machines are operated by pilots inside the robots.
Kurata pushed MegaBots to name the time and the place, and promised to be there, ready to rumble.
“We can’t let another country win this,” he said in the video. “Giant robots are Japanese culture.”
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