Three engineers are leading a movement to bring giant fighting robots to a live venue near you. Their prototype bot, a 15-feet tall, 15,000 pound walking humanoid, is just the beginning. The co-creators of MegaBots, Inc. imagine many huge bots, fighting it out in a variety of competitions, including death matches, free-for-alls, escort missions, and capture the flag games.
But they need your help to make it happen. If they can raise 1.8 million dollars via their Kickstarter campaign, they can make two robots. More money means more bots and more battles.
“There’s no doubt we want to bring MegaBots to the masses,” says MegaBots co-founder Matt Oehrlein. “We want to know they want it to happen as bad as we do.”
Oehrlein, Andrew Stroup and Gui Cavalcanti started drawing up plans for the bots two years ago, and began building the prototype last summer. It takes two people to run the machine: one to drive and one to shoot custom projectiles from a cannon. The MegaBots crew displayed the beast recently at New York Comic Con, but have yet to level any buildings. Stay tuned.