Here's news we're legitimately excited to bring you: Right now, teams in the US and Japan are working feverishly to build the perfect anime-style battle robot. These human-piloted, metal behemoths are loaded down with weaponry, heads-up displays and other impressive tech, all for one reason: To battle it out with other giant robots for sport.
The first fight is coming soon. Here's what you need to know about it.
When it comes to piloting the mechas, Japan's Kuratas has the early advantage. It seats one human pilot, but it doesn't require one. That's because all the mecha's functions can be accessed using a smartphone.
IHMC Robotics is designing the MegaBot's coming balance control upgrade. The new system, working in conjunction with the coming hydraulics upgrades, will help MegaBot stay upright while taking and delivering punches.