Giant robots from Japan, US to face off

Japanese robot manufacturer Suidobashi Heavy Industries has accepted a challenge from US competitor Megabot to participate in a duel of giant robots, Efe news agency reported.

IANS| Last Updated: Jul 07, 2015, 19:50 PM IST

Tokyo: Japanese robot manufacturer Suidobashi Heavy Industries has accepted a challenge from US competitor Megabot to participate in a duel of giant robots, Efe news agency reported.

Weighing in at just under 4,000 kg, Japan`s metal monster will soon take on the 5,400-kg US contender in what may well be the newest form of entertainment, like that widely depicted in works of science fiction.

Neither a date nor venue for the event has been announced.

Earlier this week, Megabot posted a droll video presenting its Mark II, "America`s first full-functional, giant piloted robot".

Megabot founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein said they have equipped Mark II with massive paintball guns to fight Suidobashi`s Kuratas model.

Suidobashi founder and CEO Kogoro Kurata released a video a day later, accepting Megabot`s challenge to a duel.

Kurata found the proposal interesting, but felt his competitor could be "done better".

"Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It`s super American. I cannot let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture," he said, adding that he wanted to "punch them to scrap and knock them down".