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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  • I DUUNNOOOOTuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm
    IT WAS AWESOME
    • dragon624
      dragon624Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm
      fight robots fight soccer!
      • amaya Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm
        Cool dond
        • droop doopTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm
          the red one is the best
          • chenMonday, March 2, 2015 at 10:48 am
            i have one robot
            • MemeWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 11:36 am
              I like the red one
              • cobra3gt
                cobra3gtFriday, February 13, 2015 at 6:47 am
                sup its cool
                • firemario
                  firemarioWednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:56 am
                  awesome
                  • pikalover124Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm
                    the red one was the champ
                    • mojamThursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30 am
                      cool robots

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