This video from MakerBot, shows some slick robots they made in advance of MakerFaire. It got me thinking about a possible new sport emerging from a geeky primordial soup. Could we see a return of BattleBots?
In the early 2000's there was a TV program about them, toys, and a lot of buzz, but it fizzled out quickly. There were only so many times you could watch tin cans destroy each other and it was an expensive, technically demanding hobby to participate in.
But with the rise of platforms like Arduino, noob friendly suppliers like Sparkfun, and tools like the MakerBot, could we soon see a revival of destructive robotic fun?
Would any of you be interested in a robot death match? Could we change the rules to make them more designer friendly? Sound off and let the robotic carnage begin!
pretty nice. Want them with cameras, raspberry and google plus hangout controlled ;)
True - there have been so many interesting developments in tech over the last decade. BTW, there is a really fun Google Hangout called Robot Party every Thursday 8PM EST https://plus.google.com/103859804271148784524/posts
Basically show and tell for bots!
Those MakerBotters sure are quirky!
Yeah it would be interesting to see them develop alternate categories that aren't so destructive. Synchronized swimming for bots? http://combots.net/ has a lot of neat categories including "Art Bots", but it still seems a little too hardware focused. I'd love to have a few chassis to choose from and some kind of competition where design or the shell played a bit more of a roll.
That's another really good point - there are so many more cable outlets for something like this. Syfy, DIY, TLC, Discovery, Spike, TBS, Speed Channel, etc. would all be decent homes for a show about combat robots.