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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  • Aj234Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:53 am
    Omg this is awesome
    • fartguyThursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:22 am
      • hThursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:45 am
        awesome japan🇯🇵
        • AYY LMAOTuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm
          seems fake but still cool
          • daring18
            daring18Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:23 am
            soooo!!!!! coooool!!!!!!
            • Bob the GirlThursday, December 3, 2015 at 9:29 am
              This is cool.
              • Bob the GuyThursday, December 3, 2015 at 9:28 am
                This is cool.
                • bunnytech
                  bunnytechMonday, November 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm
                  I want one I WANT ONE I WANT ONEEEE
                  • 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

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