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Startup wants to raise $1.8 million to build giant fighting robots

Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
October 29, 2014
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The folks at MegaBots Inc. dream of making humongous machines: 15-foot-tall, 15,000-pound piloted robots to be exact. And they don't want to build them for rescue missions or military use -- nope, these robots are designed to duke it out in an arena à la Real Steel, except instead of using fists, they shoot each other with high-powered paint guns. A now-defunct convention called RoboGames used to have a real-life robot combat event, but this startup's plans are obviously a lot grander in scale. Each MegaBot is big enough to carry a pilot and a gunner within its body (just like in mecha anime), with the latter in charge of firing paint-filled projectiles going at 120 mph at their opponents.

While all these giant fighting robots deal sound too unreal, the team has managed to build a prototype upper body, arm, gun placement and weapon system these past months. The startup obviously still needs a ton of cash to make its fantastical dreams come true, though, so it's trying to raise a whopping $1.8 million via Kickstarter. In case it does reach its goal, the money will be used to build two robots and make them "fight to the death," or more like fight until the other's armor and panels start coming off. A very generous $10,000 pledge will get your logo emblazoned on one of the MegaBots. But if you'd rather own it yourself, well, you'll have to empty your coffers, so to speak, as a single one will cost you $1 million.

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