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MegaBots Launch Kickstarter for USA vs. Japan Fight

Posted by Hoob on August 18th, 2015
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You might remember a few weeks ago, that the USA and Japan agreed to the world’s first giant robot fight. Now, Megabots, the US company behind the challenge needs your help to raise the funds and get their robot into ass-kicking shape.

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Here’s a breakdown of their needs and money goals:
Right now, the existing Mk.II tops out at 2.5 mph and is built for long-range paintball combat. That means it has thin, destructible armor plates and a mesh canopy. The entire robot’s built to be ‘lightweight’ (if you can call 12,000 pounds light), and hand-to-hand fighting is a whole new level of combat.

In order for the Mk.II to survive hand-to-hand combat, we need to:
- Add heavy duty armor plating
- Add some serious firepower
- Upgrade our hydraulics to handle the heavier armor and firepower
- Increase our top speed
- Upgrade our power unit to keep up with our new hydraulic system and speed
That basic upgrade will cost $500,000. In order to make sure we win the fight, we need to:
Test a wide range of weapons and choose the best load-out
Keep our balance during hand to hand combat and not fall over
Not injure ourselves in the cockpit during combat
Fight with an incredibly sweet paint job. While not strictly required, this is a matter of national pride.
All told, a fully upgraded Mk.II will cost $1,500,000.

Robot Upgrades

$500,000: Melee Combat Capability, High Performance Track Base
$750,000: Modular Melee & Ranged Weapon Options
$1,000,000: Dynamic Balancing Algorithm
$1,250,000: Life Safety Systems
$1,500,000: Hollywood-Grade Paint Job

You can support them by going HERE


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