The Battle Robot 'Super Anthony' is a Small But Highly Advanced Fighting Machine

Saturday, 02 June 2018 - 12:41PM
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Saturday, 02 June 2018 - 12:41PM
The Battle Robot 'Super Anthony' is a Small But Highly Advanced Fighting Machine
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Back when Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots first came out, they were pretty simply toys, and certainly not real fighting robots

Several decades later, actual robots designed for the sole purpose of beating each other up are becoming a reality. And a new machine named "Super Anthony" is perhaps the closest anyone's come to bringing the battling toy robots to life, standing at 15 inches (38 centimeters) high and 4.6 pounds (2 kilograms) but still looking like it packs a punch.

Called a "beetleweight fighting robot" due to its small stature, Super Anthony has a punching force of 45 kilograms per servo, and its Kickstarter page claims it's agile enough to pull off pounces and rolls as well as punches and kicks, giving it a pretty wide range of martial arts moves. And fittingly for something this size, it's controlled from your smartphone.  



Naturally, Super Anthony's not cheap. Now that its Kickstarter page has completed its goal of raising the $60,000 to mass-produce the fighting robot, the price of an individual Super Anthony will be $1,299. Shipping is expected to start toward the end of this year in November 2018.

But the robot already has some credentials to back up its price point - namely, it's already defeated other fighting robots in the annual RoboGames tournament in California, taking home some medals in the most recent event last month.

Speaking to Digital Trends, the robot's designer Hu Che-Wei said the following:

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"Compared with other fighting robots of the same weight level, it has an unparalleled 45 kg per servo force punch. It just won the silver medal for robot demonstration and bronze medal for kung-fu in RoboGames 2018, which is the largest robot competition in the U.S. With Super Anthony, you will be self-motivated to learn programming, engineering, and problem-solving skills. We hope this master fighter can accompany and inspire more people to be involved with robotics."
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Beetleweight robots like this may not be able to wage robotic carnage on the level of other battling robots like the ones in the recent United States/Japan giant robot battle. But as toys for kids (albeit expensive ones), it's about as advanced as modern toy robots can get.

Maybe soon, we'll have toy robots that can actually take down the humans who bought it. That'll be the day.

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