The year 2013 was, as far as we knew, the last year for RoboGames. This was very, very sad, because there was really nothing like RoboGames: it was unique among robot competitions, not just because of the robot combat (although the robot combat was pretty darn awesome), but because of the enormous variety of events and the inclusiveness that encouraged people from all ages, with any level of experience, and from all over the world to attend and participate. And people did: 54 separate events, teams from nearly two dozen countries, and tens of thousands of spectators over the last five years. It gave aspiring roboticists structure, a goal, and rewarded them for effort and creativity. Oh, and it was a huge amount of fun to watch.
And then it vanished after the 2013 event, never to return.
If you help them out with just a little bit of money, that is.
Here’s the KickStarter video:
Yeah, the video is a tad rough, but if you help make RoboGames happen, they’ll put together a production team, camera people, equipment, and everything that’s necessary for a glorious high definition video of the event. Hopefully, that’ll include some unique footage that you wouldn’t get to see otherwise, by allowing remote cameras inside the arena, and perhaps even on the bots themselves:
And besides combat, RoboGames also hosts exhibitions and competitions for all kinds of other robots, from humanoids:
The Kickstarter has been up for less than a day, and it’s already a third funded. $25 will get you a digital download of the heavyweight combat, and pledging more gets you perks like reserved seats at the event itself in San Francisco in the spring of 2015, cool swag, robot kits, and the chance to drive a heavyweight robot in the competition itself.
Really, though, what’s most important is making sure that RoboGames is a success, so that it can keep on inspiring kids (and adults) to get themselves into science, engineering, and robotics:
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