MegaBots needs to make your big battle mech goals come true
Stroll round New York Comedian Con and you will see loads of celebrities of the nerd world and extra cosplay than is snug. You won’t see too many robots, nevertheless. Fortunately MegaBots makes up for what earlier years have lacked. Simply outdoors the primary exhibition corridor on the third flooring of the Jacob Javits Middle looms the MegaBot Mark I — a 15-foot, 15,000-pound beast that appears each bit prepared for struggle. The president will not be airdropping the Mark I into Iraq anytime quickly, however creators Andrew Stroup, Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti intend to pit it towards different over-sized mechanized creations in battle.
In contrast to Gui’s earlier big robotic venture, the automotive-crushing hexabot Stompy, the Mark I will probably be virtually humanoid. Ultimately it’s going to have arms, legs and a central physique that is residence to a two seat cockpit. Proper now, although, it is only a torso with a proper arm, however no legs. The ultimate model will stroll, and, as an alternative of arms, have two weaponized arms able to firing paint-crammed foam shells. The chassis itself may also be coated in foam, however not for the safety of the pilots or spectators. As an alternative, it’s going to shed the these items of its physique because it absorbs injury from the non-deadly ammo flying its approach. If Stroup, Cavalcanti and Oehrlein have their approach, whole physique elements, just like the arm might fly off if sufficient hits are taken. (Lets simply ignore the hazard concerned in hundred of kilos of metallic dropping 15 ft to the ground.) Even when they do not get crushed by their mechs, the human pilots will not go unscathed. The cockpit is roofed with a metallic grate, as an alternative of a strong floor like Plexiglas, particularly to permit paint via when a shell hits, splattering the pilot.
Sadly, the prototype proven at New York Comedian Con is not battle-prepared simply but (we requested if we might take it out and hearth at rush hour visitors, however have been roundly rebuffed). Proper now, the Mark I’s solely opponent is a particular turret armed with a 20-pack pneumatic missile launcher, however the intention is to have no less than two robots that may duke it out in a touring big robotic fight league. To make this occur, MegaBots is launching a Kickstarter on the finish of October.
Correction: A earlier model of this text uncared for to incorporate Matt Oehrlein as a part of the Megabots group and incorrectly recognized Andrew Stroup as contributing to the Stompy challenge.