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The Destructobot For The Man With Everything

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the except-three-sharpened-meat-tenderizers dept.

Toys 180

bewert writes: "Heavy duty metal-ripping hardware is going up for auction on E-Bay next week. The "Son of Wyachi", winner of the Heavyweight Championship on Comedy Central's BattleBots, will be auctioned on E-Bay. The inventor, Terry Ewert, practiced on old washing machines while developing S-W's triple rotating metal meat grinder apparatus. With a 12 hp. electic motor driving three hardened tool steel meat tenderizer points spinning at 71 mph, Son of Wyachi quickly renders most objects into smoking ruins. A must have for your next Halloween bash!" Auction aside, this is a scary robot. Do not use near kids, pets, or anything you like intact.

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254356)

i got it, fuckaz.

-- the jewish fuhrer

Re:fp (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254359)

Who is this zionist dog? I will personally gas this commander-in-thief.

As a frenchman I'm furious! (4, Funny)

qwerty123 (63677) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254362)

As a proud frenchman I insist that you rude Americans remove your silly "battlebots" from our ebay. This is clearly a weapon of malicious intent that represses innocent robots and gives robots around the world a bad name!

As a non-frenchman, I hate the French! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254609)

The topic says it all.

Re:As a frenchman I'm furious! (2)

Yarn (75) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254820)

I can tell you're not french, as your name is qwerty123 not azerty123 :P

Veering off topic, anyone *want* a french keyboard, I inherited one from a flatmate...

Re:As a frenchman I'm furious! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254925)

Ah ha! you silly frenchman and your berrets! Go eat your cheese, i for one would not mind a robot of mass destruction!

It looks small... (2, Informative)

tshak (173364) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254363)

... but it weighs in a 315lbs and has an impact of 10,000 ft lbs... YIKES!

Re:It looks small... (1)

OO7david (159677) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254543)

yeah, but it's not too tall, so I can see it's use in long lines.

"Chatty bitch on her phone, DESTRUCTO BOT GO!"

what? (2, Interesting)

ElDuque (267493) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254365)

What does 71 mph mean? How about RPMs?

Re:what? (2, Funny)

astafas (232064) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254380)

That is how many men per hour it can take out :)

RPM's (2, Troll)

cascino (454769) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254392)

According to the specs:

71 mph * 5280 ft/m = 374880 fph
374880 fph / 60 m/h = 6248 feet per minute

The diameter of the rotor assembly is 5 ft, and thus the circumference is 5 * pi = 15.708 ft

Therefore 6248 fpm / 15.708 ft = 397.759 RPM

Re:RPM's (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254545)

RPM is a registered trademark, you FUCK. Please provide detailed contact information so that Red Hat's people can get in touch with your people. Thanks.

Re:RPM's (1)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254578)

Or you could have just looked at the page [rotorspeed] , and seen this:

Rotor Speed: 400 RPM

Re:RPM's (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254604)

71 mph * 5280 ft/m = 374880 fph

Ummm, I know a mile is 5280 feet. But how do hours translate to minutes? Is Khan listening in or something?

Well, the result is right anyways.

Re:RPM's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254778)

But how do hours translate to minutes?

In advanced engineering courses, you learn that there are 60 minutes in 1 hour.

Re:RPM's (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254846)

heeeeeeee. You funny motherfucker.

Re:RPM's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254845)

>But how do hours translate to minutes?
If you're talking about the ft/m
ft/m = feet per mile (in this case anyway)

Re:what? (2)

inburito (89603) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254398)

It propably means the velocity of the the picks around circle. Wouldn't want a sharp object hitting you at 71 mph. Tells you a lot more than just rpms since rpms don't give the slightest idea of impact velocity, just the turning speed of motor which might have a short or a long spinning arm attached to it..

Re:what? (0)

Cow4263 (312716) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254446)

rpm info in addition to some other factoids bout the bot

Oh yeah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254366)

Fifth post!

MUAHAhaha (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254371)

I send it to do battle with the evil Hilary Rosenbot of the RIAA! She doesn't stand a chance!


Hillary Rosenbot's effectiveness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254726)

The Hillary Rosenbot will win, mostly because of the enormous obstinate money behind it. However, it's really a Pyrrhic victory anyhow.

RIAA is ticked off because the whole file-sharing thing is here to stay and *they* didn't think of it first. Add the fact that entertainment lawyers are too flipping stupid to act in anything but a knee-jerk way, and now they need to explain to record execs why they can't be making more money than during the record-breaking year that the industry had right about the time when Napster showed up on the doorstep as the ugly little cousin.

Oh, I'm sorry, we were talking about robots. Non-thinking creatures.

Hey! I guess we haven't gone Off Topic after all!!!

Killer robots? (2)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254372)

They were right! You can find almost anything online, from bomb recipes to killer robots - There ought to be a law!

..Although I'm guessing this thing could come in handy with unwanted house-guests..

Production values seriously lacking (5, Interesting)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254376)

Battlebots was a huge relief after being subjected to "Robot Wars". Whoever decided to pitch out the whole old format and go for an ESPN look deserves a medal.

Of course, it is somewhat tough to take the anchors very seriously -- they've got this "God, put me anywhere else, even Fox Sports" look in their eyes the whole time.

It'd be really nice to see them expand the rules somewhat to allow more interesting weapons, however. I'm getting sick of seeing bots push or flip each other -- I want to see sparks and flying metal. Of course, they'd probably have to move that away from the audience, but I think it'd be worth it.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (1)

RAruler (11862) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254483)

Yes, the anchors do look like they'd rather be reporting syncronized swimming then robots. They really don't need anything but an annoucer, let the robots speak for themselves.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (2)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254484)

Well, even the competitors 'merican version of Robot Wars is going to be in for a shock if they see this thing. I happen to see it over the week end (through an intoxicated haze), and it was basically a slug fest throwing out the wimpiest competitor each time, instead of the trial like they have in the British version. With that wacko wrestler guy as the announcer raving on about total destruction. The Bots seemed to abe a generation or two behind the current Battlebots

Son of Wyachi is designed for sheer destruction, and sort of just dares folks to come in an attack. Looks like they'll need something like cast concrete armor to be effective against it

The american version of Robot Wars feels like they are trying to add the flavor of the WWF to it. And they are screwing up. Hype verses content. Where have I heard this before?

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Re:Production values seriously lacking (2)

SubtleNuance (184325) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255026) html

What hell is that crap? Stick your 'license' up your arse... if its for your own legal defence, as a grand CYA (cover-your-ass) I suggest you move onto something a little less 'risky' - try selling soda pop to americans or somesuch.

Leave the freedom to people with a spine, and who are not interested in lashing people with bullshit legal crap.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (1)

arantius (230204) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254516)

I SERIOUSLY disagree with your opinion that BattleBots is so much better than Robot Wars. It is a bit exciting to watch, but it's really already gotten blah. There's basically the flippers, and the spinners and that's it. There is no point but destroy.

In the Robot Wars of yore though, there were GOALS. Your robot had to be agile, and quick, and able to fight it out a bit. It took a lot of thinking to design a robot that could get the most points across a wide range of competitons, instead of just designing a few spinning hammers on wheels.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (4, Informative)

fireant (24301) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254588)

An interesting tidbit about Robot Wars, which some probably already read on Slashback [] . Just in case not everyone checked this link [] that has a timeline on the history of Battlebots/Robotica/Robot Wars.

In case you don't want to check the link, Robot Wars ® was actually begun by an American (USian, Ussie, whatever), Marc Thorpe, in California where the first few competitions were held. Of course, he had to get some funding from some Big Evil Corp (tm) who went behind his back to film the TV event in the UK, back in '97*. Several lawsuits later, the SORC (Society of Robotic Combat) was formed to get away from said Evil Corp and (the name) Robotica was born, after that, Battlebots.

This is a great simplification, so I encourage you to check that link, also check [] for a more in depth early history of Robot Wars.

If you're more interested in Battlebots, check out this FAQ [] . Very interesting stuff, IMO. Makes me want to run out to the garage and start tinkering. :)

* This doesn't mean that I don't like Robot Wars, it's just a little behind the scenes action you may not be aware of.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254532)

The brit's version of Robat Wars is good. The american version sux. Mankind can barely speak and his hand gesturing is ridiculous.

Re:Production values seriously lacking (2)

Keeper (56691) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254745)

I suppose you really havn't watched much of Battlebots ... some of those matches throw out some serious sparks and metal.

Especially the bot being actioned, which tore up biohazard. In the process of tearing up biohazard, sparks sailed through the air from the titanium armor he had on that bot, in addition to ripping pieces of that armor clear off.

It was really cool, in a beavis & buthead "fire fire" kinda way. :)

Re:Production values seriously lacking (1, Insightful)

Psychotext (262644) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254983)

I have to seriously disagree on this point. Having watched pretty much all of the "robot" shows from all over the world I find that I cannot bear to watch "battlebots". Maybe it is that it has the WWF feeling that the short attention spanned Americans enjoy, but I'm more interested in the technology than some drooling & past it sports correspondant working alongside a dumb blonde that couldn't tell the difference between a cafe latte and a capacitor.

However, I agree about the need for more interesting weapons. Then again, when you think that these robots are paid for by the people who build them, how many of them do you think would be happy to have them torn to pieces?

Then again, my favourite bot so far has been one called hypnodisc (Check the UK robot wars website).

the end of the wedge.... (2, Interesting)

way2slo (151122) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255034)

It used to be that all the robots did was push and flip each other. Robots like "Vlad the Impaler" and "Biohazard" ruled the arena. The robots that had piercing, grinding, or other weapons were never designed/build well enough to break the steel/lexan/titanium shell of the other robots to win. That is, until Son of Wyachi.

That robot had an average KO time of about a minute and a half. It destroyed the other robot in 90 seconds. I watched the semi-finals and the finals of the Heavyweight division and SoW dominated. There were some other robots that had efective spinning disc weapons too. The days of the flip and push battlebots are numbered. It's obvious that the judges and fans like to see physical damage and sparks. More importantly, how do you take out a bot like SoW? You can't get in close enough to push or flip it. Can't add thick heavy armor, because that would effect the weight class you are in. Only thing left is to take it out with a stronger, better weapon. SoW is just the beginning.

Plenty of competition (1)

jedwards (135260) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254381)

There's plenty of competition [] for it that you can pick up on ebay [] at the same time.
You might want some first aid [] supplies as well.

Techno Empire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254393)

Are you building a Techno Empire [] again? Or is this your first one?

Re:Plenty of competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254506)

Am I the only one who finds those server names following links a little annoying? What's the point? I can tell that this link [] points to simply by moving my mouse over it.

Re:Plenty of competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254521)

Log in and turn them off in the comments preferences.
Can't be an AC forever...

Re:Plenty of competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254529)

Actually, I like 'em. That way when some racist asshole posts a link to "some interesting information" you can see its a link to []... saves me a lot of time filtering bilge.

Techno Empire (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254383)

I wonder if anyone here knows about what kind of techno empire I am building. []

Direct Ebay auction link (3, Informative)

sheetsda (230887) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254388)

Did I miss something? wheres the direct link in the story?

Anyway, the auction is here []

$$$$$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254400)

$25000 starting price and a higher reserve???
They've got to be kidding!

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (1)

Ridiculator (467993) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254408)

Who keeps posting all these Ebay links [] that have nothing to do with the subject?

I wish I had $25K to drop on BattleBots and parts but I've spent all my spare time and money correcting the spelling of "Ridiculous" on Slashdot this year.

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (1)

dragonfly_blue (101697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254414)

Who keeps posting all these Ebay Links [] that have nothing to do with the subject?

It's probably you, ya troll. Quit doin' it; I paid $2000 for my MPC six months ago. grr

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (1)

jedwards (135260) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254419)

Not me.
I'm not selling anything [] on ebay at the moment [] and certainly don't need the extra customers []

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254457)

"Buy bidding on"?

you can't be serious

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (0)

seann (307009) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254581)

That thing is not worth 38,937.50 Canadian Dollars.

I'm sorry, cool design, thats about it.
Unless it's run by a rackmount server, and has a few PCMCIA memory discs, and a PALM top remote control diagnostic unit, it doesn't even come close.

I can't even think of more things to add up to the price of 38K.

Can you?

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (1)

tedrlord (95173) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254627)

I wouldn't spend that much on it, but I can conceivably see how a fan of the sport with a lot of cash would shell out the money to own a heavyweight champion. It's a definite collector's item.

Re:Direct Ebay auction link (1)

ozbon (99708) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254815)

Can we have a Beowulf cluster of these things?

Sorry, it had to be done...

Starting bid: $25,000 (1)

Loligo (12021) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254402)

Here [] .

-l (it's really not ASCII art, filter, really!)

Re:Starting bid: $25,000 (1)

Telecommando (513768) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254970)

This offer does not include rights to the name, ranking or image of the bot, therefore it cannot be entered into any future BattleBots competitions.

With restrictions like this, why would you want it? Just to sit in your garage and gather dust?

buy stileproject! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254410)

you can now buy from ebay [] , sweet! $15,000 a little out of my price range though :(

"classified" (2)

BierGuzzl (92635) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254413)

Classified rotating weaponry. Hmmm That must be where those weeks of engineering (which by the way are counted in the total cost of manufacture) come into play.

These aren't robots (4, Troll)

ikekrull (59661) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254422)

These are radio controlled cars.

If the machines had to be totally autonomous, now that would be interesting.

Re:These aren't robots (5, Informative)

Xibby (232218) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254431)

So what was it NASA sent to Mars again? Have a definition of []

robot (rbt, -bt)
1. A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.
2. A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control.
3. A person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others.

I'd say the vehicles on Battle Bots qualify. Now if you think AI design is easy, why don't you go program one?

Re:These aren't robots (3, Informative)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254477)

They tried something like what you are suggesting. Instead of interesting it proved to be, as the English say, "a crashing bore". The truly autonomous robots had to take the time to map the arena area, and search around for the other bots hit-or-miss. Each match took MANY hours to complete, most a draw. Yawn!

Re:These aren't robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254837)

These are radio controlled cars.

Yes, and the Golden Gate Bridge is just some concrete held up by steel.

You're completely missing the point. The work that goes into building a combat robot is all engineering work. Not programming. Not computer science. Engineering . If you don't know the tolerances of the materials you
are using, or the PSI of your gas cylinder, you're fried. You have to understand how to use all sorts of engineering principles. If you focus on the least important part of the robot - steering control - then you're completely missing the entire point of the competition. Autonomous robots
are a POS. They're pissy little 5V motors glued to a circuit board with a bit of Lego. The interest lies in their AI, not their construction. They can be crushed underfoot. They couldn't kill a human being. Completely unlike battle robots.

Re:These aren't robots - Troll (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255072)

Yes and that is why my bot runs 4000 lines of custom code. If it is just a rc car try and build one. I will bet you get humbled rather quickly. Controlling 100s of amps with a pic microcontroller requires a good bit of knowledge my friend. To be a successful builder requires many skills machinist, welder, electronics, programming, mechanical design.

Embedded (1)

manon (112081) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254423)

If that bot doesn't have a SuperMaxx - 8 Shot [] or a Bungee Blaster [] embedded... I don't want it!

power requirements (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254426)

I'm just wondering where he gets 300 amps to drive that 12hp motor. That should drain a deep cycle lead acid battery in a minute and I don't see two automotive alternators listed anywhere. Also whats the difference between the design time of 1 month and build time of 4 weeks?

Re:power requirements (1)

s_fuller (37573) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254442)

Ummm.. 1 month to figure out how you want to build it and hook it up, and 4 weeks to actually manufacture the parts and screw them together. Or was it the change in units from months to weeks that confused you??

how about (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254599)

i kick your fucking jew ass!

Re:power requirements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254467)

PS: One month equals about 4.3 weeks (except Feb.)

Re:power requirements (1)

really? (199452) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254511)

4 weeks = 28 days
1 month = slightly longer than that, except for February.


Re:power requirements (2)

slashdoter (151641) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254616)

I just found the Auction [] on E-bay, and they are selling off the 2 battery trays [] . They look like they could hold 2 or 3 batteries each, giving it 4 to 6 total and by your math giving it 4-6 mins. Matches are 3 min as I recall, leaving some room for rounding.

BTW check out the other auctions [] , for those of us with out 25k

Re:power requirements (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254877)

You can get more power out of nicad batteries. They have lower internal resistance than lead-acid batteries. When I was in the military, I saw them used for high current applications like starting helicopter jet turbines and rotating turrets on armored vehicles.

Re:power requirements (2, Informative)

Alex_FireStorm (79041) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254906)

WEll the Hawker genesis batteries are quite popular here in the UK for robotwars (we use panasonics but thats becasue we get them free), they are rated at 17Ah and so could supply 300A for 3 minutes (possibly a little longer). Also the motor is unlikely to be drawing 300A continuously. I would imagine once the weapon is spun up, unless it is very unbalanced (not likely looking at the quality of machining on the thing) then the current requirements would be much less.


p.s. Design is different from building, if you don't design your build goes wrong see our robot groundhog for an example of not what to do, and Firestorm for a robot we actually spent ime desiging.

We need a doctor! (0)

aufecht (163961) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254432)

My god if I had the money I would buy this thing. I saw it compete on Battlebots the other night. The other robots never had a chance. Absolute carnage. Their web page says they are building a heavier/faster version. They better reinforce those walls or someone is going to get hurt

I like these types (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254436)

Those earlier vehicles with just two opposite rotating wheels that could only spin (and not laterally move) really sucked. They just sat there and waited for the other guy to come over and commit suicide. But then the vehicles like Mauler, this one, and Ziggo came in and showed how to kill! I bet we see a lot more of these types appear -- they're winners.

Re:I like these types (3, Insightful)

tzanger (1575) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254962)

Those earlier vehicles with just two opposite rotating wheels that could only spin (and not laterally move) really sucked. They just sat there and waited for the other guy to come over and commit suicide.

You don't think this is just the same idea?

Personally these types of bots should be in a separate class -- there's no real point to trying to battle something with an impenetrable defense shield whirring around it waiting to hit anything with 10kf/p of torque. I'd classify this bot as purely defense. It can run around and defend. There's no real offensive tactic involved (spin up the rotor and attack? Please...)

I agree with some of the other posters -- the UK television show where the robots had to have good offense, defense and manouvre abilities was best. This show is simply "make it last and try to hurt the other guy" -- bo-ring.

Re:I like these types (1)

dbitter1 (411864) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255025)

I agree that certain types of Bots will usually beat other types; (I also feel that the wedge-only bots are really lame. No offensive capability by anyones definition, no fight, no fun....) but how could you realistically define multiple types of competition in the same weight class? Anyone could enter and win by default if they were the only stomp-bot with six alternating hammers, gas drive, CO2 flipping-arm-equipped, kevlar _AND_ lexan _AND_ titanium shielded wedge with battery backup.

The goal is to fight against ALL the types of robots... The finals this year were actually really close... Biohazard's judge's premature judgement made it a entertaining fight (not-so-picture-book) and Biohazard did put up a decent fight... suffered damage but not as much as most of the other robots Wyatchi stomped on the way up there...

Try not to imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

ocie (6659) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254441)

a beowulf cluster of these things.

Re:Try not to imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254510)

Ok, I'll try to imagine a slashdot where all posts are ONTOPIC. Whether or not this MATTERS, it is entertaining... (Do you have any idea what a Beowulf cluster is, anyway? - Beowulf is not a general-purpose collective - Oh, look, a Beowulf cluster of Geese!!)

dammit (5, Funny)

jbarnett (127033) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254449)

The inventor, Terry Ewert, practiced on old washing machines while developing S-W's triple rotating metal meat grinder apparatus.

Just because it was an Old washing machine, does 1) make it his to destory 2) mean that it doesn't funcation correctly.

Grrr, you know how hard it is to get a date when you clothes smell funky?

and while we are on the subject, what about the $250 for his half of the security deposit and where the hell is my dog?

He better sell that dam machine, he owns me a ton of cash that deadbeat roommate from hell.


Re:dammit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254552)

Moderators, I caution you thusly. The parent post is *not only* a troll, and *not only* an inappropriate misuse of a +2 posting bonus, but it is extremely slanderous to Terry Ewert, and I find it highly offensive. Please take action against the post above.

Thank you for your continued assistance in these matters.

Re:dammit (-1, Offtopic)

Overrated Nazi (398459) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254600)

Fuck you. "Thank you" hasn't been funny since the natalie portman trolls.

When.... (4, Interesting)

Slak (40625) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254453)

Does the video game come out? I'm thinking a game along the lines of that old (Commadore?) game where you "built" monsters and faught other monsters.

Re:When.... (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254499)

Your wish is their command... The Market-roids are already lining up an onslaught of the Battlebots R/C action figures and happy-meal inserts as we speak. I saw tonight's Battlebots and they are selling the crap already. One semi-cool thing, though, the builders of the bots they are modelled after supposedly get some cut from the profits. Hmm...

You mean Mail Order Monsters (2)

Wee (17189) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254508)

The game was called Mail Order Monsters [] . You can download it from that link. You need an emulator (like VICE [] , Come Back 64 [] , or EC64 [] ) to run it. You'll have to make a blank "disk" to save your stuff on when you play the game, so be sure to read up on the emulator of your choice on how to do that (I usually overwrite the contents of a coped disk file, but YMMV).

On a whim I did a Google search for a more recent version (kinda like what these two great guys did with Xscorch [] ). Someone seems to have liked it enough to make a GNU version [] , although there's not a lot there yet.


Re:When.... (2, Interesting)

Jon Burchmore (6932) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254587)

Have you seen Mind Rover [] ?

There's even a Linux version available from Loki [] .

It's a little different than Battle Bots; you construct a robot, and then "wire" it to compete in different arenas. Kind of a cross between Robotica and Lego Mindstorms.

Oh yeah, (-1, Offtopic)

Dolly_Llama (267016) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254456)

I'll get this and put it right on my new supersonic jet. []

Didn't anyone else get laid off? Was your Bush tax refund just a little bigger than mine?

I can't read these articles anymore. I'm going back to my Top Ramen.

What do you actually buy? (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254502)

"This offer does not include rights to the name, ranking or image of the bot, therefore it cannot be entered into any future BattleBots competitions"
So apparently after you "buy" it you've got to throw it into a black hole incase anyone dares to look at it? You also can't tell anyone what it is in any meaningful way 'cause you can't mention it's old name. Are you allowed to reverse engineer it, or is it protected by the DCMA?

Slashbot? (1)

Mordant (138460) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254526)

What the hell is the deal with all these robot stories, lately? Is it time for a name-change? Are these robots even running embedded Linux or -shudder- *BSD?

I have,, and available for -free- to anyone who can authoritatively guarantee me that John Katz will no longer have the ability to post his pretentious, pseudo-intellectual rants on subjects of which he is completely ignorant (which pretty much rules out everything he writes, including 'and' and 'the').

Zero cost military R&D program (2)

K8Fan (37875) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254549)

If the usual military-industrial suspects were developing robot prototypes and testing them against one another, they would cost the taxpayers $156 million per. But slip Comedy Central a couple of bucks to create a TV show, and folks will dig into their own pockets to build them! What a bunch of saps!

Enjoy the show folks!

Re:Zero cost military R&D program (1)

tedrlord (95173) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254620)

Comedy Central didn't make the show. It picked up an existing tournament created by former competitors in the Robot Wars circuit, which itself was created by a special effects guy.

Also, these "robots" are really just combination RC-Car/gladiators that would be of little to no use to the military. You can't even use projectile weapons on them.

Championship Controversy (3, Informative)

RainMan496 (239840) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254553)

Anyone who saw the finals knows what I'm talking about here. The refs called a knockout against Biohazard while both bots were still moving. They decided to send it to the judges from there. This would have been fine, except at the time, one of the braces which keeps the pounding mechanisms at constant distances from one another had come off at one end, so the bot was just spinning beneath it's stationary weapons frame. The odds that Biohazard would have been able to overturn it seem fairly likely. I don't know about anyone else, but I would still like to see a rematch, though I realize this is now impossible.

Re:Championship Controversy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254560)

Dude, neither bots were moving, biohazard was barely twitching that last 30 seconds of the fight wouldnt have made much differnce, that was the best battlebots fight i have seen, the two bots were both completely wrecked and barely twitching, which, quite frankly, is how things should be!

oh the vladiator vs minion was awsome as well. vladiator gets stuck onto the spike, and at the last second (litterally) pulls himself off leaving about a foot long trail of rubber where he had spun to get off the spikes. and then beat down minion who had already started his victory dance ;_)

Shades of PKD? (1)

brettper (206948) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254557)

Anyone else read 'The Second Variety' by Philip K Dick?

or the film based on it (think it was called 'Shreikers' or some such. Had Rutger Hauer in it)?

When will people learn? It's all in good fun until someone gets hurt...

Re:Shades of PKD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254716)

I think you mean "Screamers". [] .

to the moon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254603)


Maglev is currently being tested against this ---> Maglev trials in japan []

No more watching battlebots for me (1)

etice (519491) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254624)

I am no longer a viewer of Battle Bots. Post the fiasco with, I can no longer, in good conscience, contribute to their "intellectual property". I doubt that they will notice my small protest, but the principle is still there. BTW, is "slashdot" trademarked? If not, they may decide that they don't like my comment here on slashdot and go register "slashdot" as a trademark, shutting this site down! Heck "slashdot" rhymes with "battlebot," maybe proceedings are already underway to prevent anybody from using a domain name that rhymes with their name!

Son of Wyachi Vs. Hypnodisc (1)

Bowdie (11884) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254736)

Now there's a match I'd like to see. This looks like an 3vil l33t machine, and the UK's Hypnodisc was pretty bloody useful. for more information about the photocopier trashing, breezeblock breaking Hypnodisc.

I was gonna post that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254796)

I was gonna post that, Hypno-disk seems to be able to destroy everything in sight, and I'd take great pleasure in seeing it destroy some american upstarts! Gr8... clips on the website from the previous post also, well worth a look!

Re:Son of Wyachi Vs. Hypnodisc (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254870)

I think Hypnodisc would have a hard time. If the arms on Son of Wyachi are spinning, Hypnodisc will have a hard time getting to the actual bot. On the otherhand Son of Wyachi could probably hit and damage Hypnodisc (I don't remember how fast Hypnodisc was).

I think, if Hypnodisc doesn't get to close to S.o.W., the winner will probably be the one who has the least damageable spinning thing. And since Hypnodisc's disc was dammaged at one time, if I remember correctly, I fear S.o.W. might be victorious.

Re:Son of Wyachi Vs. Hypnodisc (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254982)

Hypnodiscs disc only got damaged when one of the house robots stuck a sodding great axe through it, which trashed the drive shaft. Even then, it only got near it cos hypnodisc had a damaged front wheel.

None of the other competitors robots have ever really touched it, it lost in the previous series when it was flipped over - hence the self-righting mechanism in the last series.

nice petbot (1)

psych031337 (449156) | more than 12 years ago | (#2254830)

Set it up against Sony's AIBO petbot - not really a fair fight, but something I'd love to watch.

Are there any streams of this thing in action available?

i hope the buyer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2254841)

...puts some tank tracks on it!
watching it inch along while being circle strafed is agonizing...

Here's the EBay link (1)

magicsquid (85985) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255028) item=1186599868 They're looking for an opening bid of $25,000. I'm sure they'll get it too.

Am I the only one thinking HOME SECURITY? (2, Funny)

VT_hawkeye (33442) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255030)

Of course, you couldn't use it if you had pets or kids, but just imagine... give the thing infrared sensors to find heat sources, radar to keep it from running into cold objects, all the necessary AI to control movement, and an RF on/off switch similar to the keyring unlock switches that come with most new cars now, and you've got the home security system from hell.

Just imagine the look on your unfriendly neighborhood criminal's face when he breaks into your house or apartment, only to be pursued by a vicious-as-hell robot. The only problem you'd ever have would be explaining to the cops what had happened to the perp after you got home and found the mauled body on your carpet (perhaps the AI would be able to figure out when it "scored" and back off so as to avoid killing the guy?). Actually, cleaning the blood out of the carpet and off the walls would be a bit of a pain, too.

Now if I could just figure out a way to keep it from attacking my Athlon, I'd be set. ;-)

Re:Am I the only one thinking HOME SECURITY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2255051)

...and just imagine, if you changed it, like, so it was made out of liquid metal it could change form and look like different people and things and would be really, like, almost invincible!!1! That would be so COOOL! Huh? Huh???? WOULDN'T IT??!?!?!?

Forcing robots to fight is all well and good... (1)

Snar Bloot (324250) | more than 12 years ago | (#2255073)

...until somebody comes along and decides that we need to stop forcing the poor dears into mutilating each other. Metal brother against brother, the tin-lovers will say, is akin to cock fighting.

And dear God....what if as they become more advanced one or more of them become sentient?

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