These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)

Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better.

But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category.

The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots.

Their current MegaBot design stands about 15 feet tall and weighs around 15,000 pounds, with a cockpit that accommodates two people (a “pilot” and a “gunner”).

The robot is equipped with a paintball cannon capable of firing 3-pound “soft” paint-filled cannonballs. But as you’ll surely see in the live cannon testing below, even a “soft” cannonball is capable of doing some pretty serious damage when it’s fired at speeds up to 120mph:

The team envisions a future sport where these human-operated robots will battle it out in large arenas.

The robots would walk around on two legs, and would be equipped with breakaway armor plates that detach upon impact. According to MegaBots’ project page, computers would track damage and slowly handicap the robot accordingly:

“As projectiles hit their targets, armor plates shatter and explode, and computers tally critical hits to the robot’s limbs and torso. As more and more hits are taken, robots start to limp, joints start to seize, weapons start to jam, and after enough damage, limbs are completely blown off.”

 

An artist rendition of future MegaBots battles (From MegaBots' Kickstarter page)

An artist rendition of future MegaBots battles (From MegaBots’ Kickstarter page)

The MegaBots team has launched a Kickstarter page with the goal of raising $1.8 million to build the first two fully-operational robots (the current version is a prototype). MegaBots has planned their inaugural battle tournament for May of 2016.

Backers of the Kickstarter campaign are offered a number of incentives: for $5, you can gain access to a live-stream of the battle, and for $150 you and a friend can attend the first tournament.

If you’re willing to shell out $5,000, you and a friend can get trained on how to use the MegaBot and actually take part in the first ever MegaBot battle. There’s also numerous pledge levels in between these three that offer other cool incentives.

As a lover of both paintball and robots, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited about this. But only time will tell if MegaBots’ grand plans ever become reality.

Check out their Kickstarter promo video to meet the MegaBots team, learn more about the design process, and watch some more weapons testing:

Visit the MegaBots Kickstarter page to learn more.

Read the original story from Discovery News.

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