Japan's Robots Slug It Out To Win Championship

By Meera Dolasia on December 3, 2007

Japan's twelfth Robo-One championship match, where two-legged robots poke at each other, throw balloons and even sing to try win the world championship, took place on Saturday, December 2nd.

Twenty-one robots made it to the finals. To win the title of the world's strongest two-legged robot, the competitors need to be able to keep their balance, while punching and dodging blows and get up when pushed down.

The robots, which are all built by amateurs (people who do it for a hobby), are taught their moves by children, homemakers and robot fans all over the world. One robot was even programmed to sing, We wish you a Merry Christmas - unfortunately after his performance, a penguin robot toppled him - but the spectators loved the show.

Japan creates almost forty percent of the robots in the world and it is a popular but expensive hobby for a lot of amateurs.  The cost of developing these robots is so high that most companies have abandoned the effort to manufacture them, so its left to amateurs and competitions like these to produce better and stronger robots.

Sources: reuters, guardian.co.uk

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  • thedoc
    thedocWednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    i want one
    • emmanuel4
      emmanuel4Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm
      i wish i had one
      • emmanuel4
        emmanuel4Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm
        cool I wonder how they make them
        • so coolThursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm
          this is soo cool
          • coolFriday, October 30, 2015 at 8:27 am
            wow cool
            • ?????????????Monday, October 12, 2015 at 8:38 am
              must have lots of ⚡ in it!
              • AdamWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm
                • remiWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm
                  i wish i could do that
                  • kalebWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm
                    i only wish... maybe? no. i cant make one :( im not that smart of a mastermind.
                    • logan lFriday, October 2, 2015 at 6:33 am
                      but my mom won't let me have one

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