Humanoid Battlebots Compete At ROBO-ONE Tokyo, Japan
13-07-2016 10:20am | by Web Desk
Humanoid combat robots compete for the title at the ROBO-ONE Championship in Tokyo, Japan
The ROBO-ONE 24 Championship of bipedal robots was held in Tokyo, Japan in 2014. The title match of the robot competition was between humanoid battlebots Obelisk and Leghorn. Obelisk was able to out maneuver Leghorn and come out on top to be named the champion over all others.
ROBO-ONE was first created in 2002 in Japan and these robot games have been held every year since. The purpose of the games was to keep the technology of bipedal humanoid robots moving forward into the future but to do all of this in an exciting and fun way. After the championship games the technology used for all the robots is given out to the public.
ROBO-ONE has now become the robolympics of all the robot fighting leagues with many different categories that robots can compete in over two days. Players and their humanoid robots come from all over the globe ready for combat and looking to come out on top of the robot competition. These robot wars are essentially wrestling matches between two combat robots remote controlled by their creators and programmers.
The robots come from the imagination of each individual or group that participates in the games, which design, build, and program every aspect from scratch. Most of the battlebots are made out of materials such as sheet metal, aluminum, plastic, steel, and wood. Each robot that participates in the robogames has sensors that allow the robot to keep its balance, as well as a micro controller that lets its human owner control all of the movements made by the fighting robots. The robots engage in hand to hand combat including shoving and punching one other to make the other fall down gaining them a point.
For a robot to be determined the winner of a match it must get the opponent robot kicked out of the ring or to fall at least three times in the round. But this means that the robot has to fall or be kicked out of the ring by intentional moves.
So if the opponent fighting robot happens to fall on its own accord, often called a slip, this would not be counted as a point by the ref in your favor. Also if you happen to accidentally make the other robot fall down, sometimes called a “no no no,” this too would not be counted by the ref as a point in your favor. If there happens to be a tie in a match this will result in an additional round where the final decision will by made by the judges.
The robotwars held by ROBO-ONE occur two times a year with at least one each year taking place in Tokyo. Each round lasts a total of three minutes with a three knock down rule; these rules are actually very much like that of those pertaining to human martial arts. Each of the matches is taken place in front of a large audience. Audience members can get very loud cheering on their favorite fighting robot in each match. Often times the winning battling robot does its own victory dance.