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Robotics Television Entertainment

Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots 82

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-like-skynet-training-league dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the next generation of 'Battle Bots' is here: 'Syfy has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will rock 'em and sock 'em in a boxing cage until one is defeated. The future-shock new series is called Robot Combat League and the project has been kept under wraps until today. The action resembles a real-life version of last year's hit movie Real Steel, with large menacing robots pounding away at each other in a satisfying shower of sparks and gushing hydraulic fluid.' Pictures are included with the story."
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Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots

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  • by chroma (33185) <chroma.mindspring@com> on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @09:57PM (#42050599) Homepage

    I've been involved with robot fighting for over 15 years.

    You're incorrect. Autonomous robots aren't as fun to watch as human controlled ones for at least 2 reasons:

    1. The current state of the art just isn't good enough.
    2. It's hard to root for a soulless lump of metal, whereas you can vicariously experience the competition through the human competitors.

    Also, every robot fighting competition I've ever competed in has allowed autonomous competitors, as long as they have fail-safe remote control. So you're welcome to build your own autonomous fighting robot.

  • Great News (Score:4, Interesting)

    by chroma (33185) <chroma.mindspring@com> on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @10:04PM (#42050647) Homepage

    The best thing I've heard about this is that Mark Setrakian is involved. Competitors and real fans of robot fighting know him as one of the great geniuses of the sport.

    He won the first Robot Wars with The Master. His later machines, Mechadon and Snake, were far less competitive, but were much more interesting.

    Here's a video of Mechadon in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El8ne4zSCY0 [youtube.com]

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