We are the creators of the combat robots Blacksmith and Minotaur seen on ABC's BattleBots. AUA!
Our 250lb combat robots Blacksmith and Minotaur are competitors on ABC's Battlebots. On Sunday, the nailbiting video of our fight made it to the frontpage of reddit. AUA about what it takes to build and drive combat robots.
Al Kindle, captain of Team Half Fast Astronaut:
We have been competing in combat robotics for 20 years. I am an Electro-Mechanical Technician at Spex Sampleprep. Blacksmith is based on hammer bot designs we have competed with in the 30lb class. This was our first Heavyweight bot, as became evident when the hammer head decided it wanted off the team...
Marco, captain of RioBotz:
Ph.D from MIT, professor of Mechanical Engineering at the PUC-Rio university in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Head of the RioBotz team since its creation in 2003, building combat robots in all weight categories. RioBotz has won more than 50 medals and 50 trophies in international and Brazilian competitions, but never competed at BattleBots. RioBotz stands for Rio de Janeiro battlebots, this shows how much we've dreamed about this moment since 2003.
P.S. BattleBots will not be airing this week, due to a presidential townhall. Tune in next week on ABC - Thursday, 7/21 at 8/7c.
Thank you all, this was a wonderful AMA!