The “Ultimate” Battle Bot?

There is a television show In The U.S. called BattleBots, In case you don’t follow the link, here’s what it’s about; competitors design and build small remote control robots with two purposes in mind. Survival and destruction of opposing robots. The playing field is a relatively small, not battle field size, indoor set perhaps double the size of a basketball court, located inside an old airplane hangar. The playing field or arena is surrounded by seemingly heavy protective plexiglass maybe two stories high. Some clips of  one of the champions of of one such competition can be found here.

I’m just wondering is this new device is legal for these games;

(Linked Image.)

If so, I want one!

(Unfortunately, I think the weight restrictions would disqualify it. Sigh. )

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Author: Gerry_D

I'm from Pensyltucky.

17 thoughts on “The “Ultimate” Battle Bot?”

  1. Gerry, can you build me a BattleCommentBot? I just push a button and my BCBot destroys other members’ opinions. I am not worried so much about defending my positions but if you can throw that in. It will need an Anti-JWalker chip and the upgraded Hillary personality chip. I don’t have much money so I need a lease agreement.

    Oh, I need a gigawatt laser for DocLor. (I figure that type of laser is the best way to help him see the light.)

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  2. No

    b. Projectile Weapons

    Projectile weapons are allowed, as long as they do not create an arena-fouling problem. Projectile weapons must not use explosives. Springs, catapults and gas-pressure powered guns may be acceptable. You may be required to show that your projectile weapon will not damage the Lexan exterior of the arena…

    f. Maximum Robot Part Speed No external moving part on a BattleBot can have a speed at its fastest point that exceeds 370 ft./sec. Likewise, any projectile emitted from a robot cannot exceed this same limit speed…

    g. Prohibited Weapons

    The following weapon types are not allowed under any circumstances:

    …•Weapons that damage the other bot by destroying themselves…

    https://battlebots.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/BattleBots-Design-Rules.Rev-2018.0.pdf

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  3. That video on the link (Chomp vs. Bite Force) was fun to watch! I’ve never seen anything like it. Also hilarious were comments under one of the posts by people saying “Don’t ruin this show by giving us ‘human interest stories’ – we just want to watch robots smashing each other up!”

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  4. Pencilvania:
    That video on the link (Chomp vs. Bite Force) was fun to watch! I’ve never seen anything like it. Also hilarious were comments under one of the posts by people saying “Don’t ruin this show by giving us ‘human interest stories’ – we just want to watch robots smashing each other up!”

    “But robots are people too. They have feelings and must be protected. They should get at least minimum wage and hazardous pay.”

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  5. Haakon Dahl:
    Wake me up when the bots go at it with no human intervention.

    This is step one.

    Step two is when they go after humans on their own initiative.  Don’t think Skynet and Terminators, but DJI Phantoms (which are for sale in the local hypermarché), 500 grams of C-4 or equivalent with projectiles embedded, and facial recognition software connected to the camera.

    All is proceeding as Scott Adams foresaw in The Religion War.  In the Roaring Twenties this will be one of the pillars of asymmetrical warfare.

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  6. John Walker:

    Haakon Dahl:
    Wake me up when the bots go at it with no human intervention.

    This is step one.

    Step two is when they go after humans on their own initiative.  Don’t think Skynet and Terminators, but DJI Phantoms (which are for sale in the local hypermarché), 500 grams of C-4 or equivalent with projectiles embedded, and facial recognition software connected to the camera.

    All is proceeding as Scott Adams foresaw in The Religion War.  In the Roaring Twenties this will be one of the pillars of asymmetrical warfare.

    Where do I get the face recognition software?

    Will it work in the mountain air of central Europe?

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  7. Haakon Dahl:
    Wake me up when the bots go at it with no human intervention.

    Technically, that’s not prohibited by the rules which only require that the robot shut down when communication with the remote controller is lost.

    Due to the difficulty of timing blows from hammer-type weapons when you are using a remote controller 40 feet away, this year, one of the contestants has introduced an autonomous triggering of the weapon. Failed miserably so far.

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  8. Ahhh…Fox, don’t ever change: “Operater [sic] can still have control”.

    Also, they poorly describe reactive armour.  It isn’t that is “responds with more strength”; it’s that it responds to the impact with its own energy release (usually explosive) to counter the impact of a projectile.

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  9. John Walker:
    Ahhh…Fox, don’t ever change: “Operater [sic] can still have control”.

    Also, they poorly describe reactive armour.  It isn’t that is “responds with more strength”; it’s that it responds to the impact with its own energy release (usually explosive) to counter the impact of a projectile.

    Chris Farley apparently faked his death and transitioned to a Fox digital reporterette. She acts like reactive armor is a new thing. Its combat history is about 40 years old.

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  10. John Walker:
    DJI Phantoms (which are for sale in the local hypermarché), 500 grams of C-4 or equivalent with projectiles embedded, and facial recognition software connected to the camera.

    Here’s a link to the Slaughterbots video — I cannot find the TedX talk.

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  11. Haakon Dahl:

    John Walker:
    DJI Phantoms (which are for sale in the local hypermarché), 500 grams of C-4 or equivalent with projectiles embedded, and facial recognition software connected to the camera.

    Here’s a link to the Slaughterbots video — I cannot find the TedX talk.

    “Trust me, they were all bad guys.”

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