If you have watched “Real Steel”, you probably can remember scenes of giant robots fighting it out at live combats. From today until 26 October, you can see something along the same line too, though maybe not quite the same scale as in the movie. Robots Live! (from UK) showcases robots which weigh about 100 kilogramme each battling it out in front of tens of thousands of people at live events. It is the first time we see such robot battles in Singapore, thanks to the Maritime RobotX Challenge of which “Robot Live!” is part of.
Together with some of my colleagues, I had the opportunity to watch the first show this morning at 10am at The Float @ Marina Bay. If you are intending to catch this over the weekend, please take note that it is located under the seating gallery, between G1 & G2. We are lucky to reach slightly earlier and managed to grab a seat at the seating area set up around the battle arena. There were 4 rounds of battles between different robots, and the excitement rose with lots of “oohs” and “ahs” amongst the audience as we watch the robots knocking and thrusting each other around. The audience was initially rather shy but the host of the show did a good job warming up the crowd with a “Mexican wave”! If you are not sure what that is, just do the “Kallang wave”. It’s the same. Else, just follow the crowd. 🙂
I really wasn’t expecting a lot of action initially, as the robots look pretty harmless despite impressive names such as Bigger Brother and TerrorHurtz. I was SO wrong.
Check out this video of a shortened version of my favourite battle where the robot Storm 2 took on the red robot Turbulence in a fast and furious manner. It was amazing to watch them battle. Do you think Storm 2 win in the end?
If you are curious about Robot Live! (part of the Science and Technology Showcase of the Maritime RobotX Challenge), drop by The Float @ Marina Bay this weekend. The Robot Live! demonstration timings are 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. The qualifying rounds of the international university maritime robotics competition, which is the main highlight of the Maritime RobotX Challenge, will also be happening there over the weekend, together with several interesting workshops which are family friendly (cardboard sculpting, recycled materials workshop, LEGO Robots showcase etc). Don’t miss out the action!