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Sports: Kombot

A category for fighting-robot designs
 
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Now that "Battlebots" is getting shown on ordinary broadcast television (wider audience available than a cable channel), it could be appropriate for the HalfBakery to devote a category to the topic. I'm suggesting "Kombot" as a variation of "Kombat", which itself is a variation of "Combat". I didn't want to spell it "Combot" because it looks too similar to another notion altogether, "Commbot" (communications robot).

I'm going to link a couple existing Ideas that could be moved to that category. And I have a couple more notions I'd like to write down, which could fit in that category. Perhaps the HB crowd could jointly concoct a competition robot....

Vernon, Jul 26 2015

Feralbots Feralbot_20Wars
If an opponent's robot can be called "pestiferous".... [Vernon, Jul 26 2015, last modified Jul 27 2015]

Spherical robot r_2fc_20bowling_20ball
Could be used in more than one way... [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Japanese version of battling robots https://www.youtube...watch?v=armkEcLhkkU
If allowed, this category could encompass quite a few notions. [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Broadcast TV show http://abc.go.com/shows/battlebots
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Robot Wars The United-Kingdom version
FYI (for any non-UK readers) [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Military-class combat robots http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/
If allowed, this category could encompass quite a few notions. [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Flying combat robots http://www.dailymai...pate-sightings.html
If allowed, this category could encompass quite a few notions. [Vernon, Jul 26 2015]

Solar_20Powered_20R..._20On_20the_20Beach currently in product: robot: fighting [FlyingToaster, Jul 26 2015]

The small end of the scale https://www.youtube...watch?v=wOubsay0ULo
A melee of "ant-weight" robots. [Vernon, Jul 27 2015]

Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots http://www.toysrus....-game-68896-2265719
Puppets, as mentioned in an annotation. [Vernon, Jul 28 2015]

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       // Perhaps the HB crowd could jointly concoct a competition robot.... //   

       ... constructed in polished mahogany and brass, running on an over-unity powerplant fuelled by custard, supported on hundred of dear little pink legs, and equipped with an air-conditioned beehive, a genuine Louis XIV crystal chandelier, and a ferret exercise assault course, all controlled by a microminaturised Jaquard frame using recycled AOL CDs as the memory plaques ...
8th of 7, Jul 26 2015
  

       Well, not actually doing any of that, but we could certainly manage talking about it, over drinks in a pub.
Ian Tindale, Jul 26 2015
  

       Which reminds me. Due to a technical misunderstanding, I’m going to have to return the ferrets I’ve wrapped around the end of my USB leads.
Ian Tindale, Jul 26 2015
  

       Would we move all the posts, currently in   

       product: robot: fighting ,   

       to there ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 26 2015
  

       [FlyingToaster], I was not aware that fighting robots were a product you could buy in a store, like you can buy cookies in a store. (The nearest thing that I can think of are known as "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" but technically they are more like puppets than robots.) I would definitely say that that category deserves to be moved somewhere else. Robot fighting IS being widely treated as a sport.   

       [8th of 7], there are weight limits to consider...
Vernon, Jul 26 2015
  

       We may be forced to forego the air conditioning in the beehive, then ...
8th of 7, Jul 26 2015
  

       Perhaps the beehive could have some kind of fractal shape to allow passive cooling?
pocmloc, Jul 27 2015
  

       We were thinking more along the lines of taking a power feed from the ferret's exercise wheel, but yes, that would be good too.   

       It may be necessary to reduce the amount of jam, as well
8th of 7, Jul 27 2015
  

       Holy crap. The wrestling robots in the third link are very impressive indeed!
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 27 2015
  

       ^.   

       They need a ball-bearing inside each foot, extruded for quick sideways movements.
FlyingToaster, Jul 27 2015
  

       Does anyone know if the robots in that third link are fully autonomous, or remote controlled?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 27 2015
  

       It appears that the Sports category has a "Fighting" section, and all I really need to ask for is a "Robots" subsection. Please?
Vernon, Jul 30 2015
  
      
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