In what can only be regarded as a glorious celebration of the noble human spirit, a group of entrepreneurs has announced plans to build a fleet of giant paintball flinging robots.
Currently looking for seed money over at Kickstarter, the MegaBots project is certainly ambitious. The design team - including engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers - envisions an entirely new arena sport in which people climb into armored exoskeletons and control the ‘bots from within.
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To demonstrate their seriousness, the team members have already assembled a partially functioning prototype capable of firing three-pound "soft" cannonballs, filled with paint, at speeds of up to 120 mph. Under the current design, each robot would stand 15 feet tall, weigh around 15,000 pounds, and carry both a pilot and a gunner.
The robots would walk around on two legs - powered by "miniature electrohydraulic powerplants" - and be equipped with breakaway armor that detaches upon impact. During arena combat matches, a computer system would track damage, according to the project page: