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The Final Four is set, and only one No. 1 seed is still in contention. Not only that, but fan darlings The Beer-Launching Fridge, Bender, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and Nintendo R.O.B. have been sent packing due to heart-wrenching losses in the Elite Eight. They are still champions in the hearts of many, but when it comes to this tourney, they are grade-A losers.
Warm up that mouse finger. You have until Sunday, September 30, to vote on these Final Four matchups and send two tourney-tested robots to the final battle.
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SEMIFINALS: PROTOTYPE VS. CONSUMER
(1) Asimo vs. (2) Sony QRIO
Could anyone other than Asimo have defeated the Beer-Launching Fridge? Honda's fluid, bipedal humanoid robot has methodically destroyed its competition throughout this tournament. In its closest matchup yet, Asimo overcame an early-week deficit to defeat the Beer-Launching Fridge 54-46. Now, it has its facial-recognition units set on Sony's QRIO robot. QRIO's a resilient competitor, having edged fan favorite Nintendo R.O.B. 52-48 in last week's Elite Eight battle. Unfortunately for QRIO, it doesn't match up well against Asimo. It employs a smaller, less sophisticated, and less awe-inducing version of Asimo's playbook...but don't underestimate QRIO's lower center of gravity. It's time to vote for a winner in this intense Final Four battle.
SEMIFINALS: MOVIES VS. TV
(5) Johnny Five vs. (6) Data
Wow. Thanks to this battle of Cinderellas, there will be either a 5 seed or a 6 seed in the nonviolent robot battle championship game. Johnny Five is very much alive. The Short Circuit robot continues to shock the world; its latest victim was the ingenious Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Marvin has the entire robot offseason to get over his depressive state after a hard-fought 52-48 loss to Johnny Five in last week's battle. But don't call Star Trek's Data an underdog. The most emotionally driven robot in the tournament, "The Commander" absolutely pummeled the heavily favored Bender from Futurama by a score of 60-40. Can Data keep rolling into the finals, or will his impressive run end at the hands of Johnny Five? Vote now for a winner.
Prototype Division Championship
(1) Asimo 54
(4) Beer-Launching Fridge 46
Consumer Division Championship
(2) Sony QRIO 52
(6) Nintendo R.O.B. 48
Movie Division Championship
(5) Johnny Five 52
(1) Marvin the Paranoid Android 48
TV Division Championship
(6) Data 60
(2) Bender 40