Fighting Robots are serious business if Robot Wars and BattleBots are anything to go by. Let’s not forget about all of the smaller divisions across the UK, usually based in university campuses. There are some rather big prizes for those who come first in the biggest competitions, but more importantly, it’s a feat of engineering which the world needs now more than ever. Okay, perhaps not necessarily creating Chaos II’s for our front lines… But we need people who can create robots now more than ever. If battle robots are to maintain their current status quo as being a niche, yet highly exhillarating division of robotics, I think it’s only fair to point out how people can get into these hobbies.
When I was young, I really wanted to build a combat robot for Robot Wars. Be honest with me, if you’re a 20-something like I am, I’m sure you too had at least a slight inclination that Robot Wars was a hell of a cool show. We wanted to see robots flipped left, right and centre. We wanted to see the pit, we wanted washing machines dropped on bots. The flames, oh the flames!!! Ahem, excuse me…
Now that I’ve grown up, I’ve realised that I am still fond of engineering and robotics, although my life has veered me towards computing and technology surrounding our desktop companions. I’ve been intrigued by Arduino for ages, which I do believe is a great way to get into some amateur robotics, but still not quite the meat and bones that you need to really get into it. Of course, there’s only one thing you’d need: A body that encompasses everything to do with Fighting Robots. Perhaps a Fighting Robots Association?
The Fighting Robots Association (FRA) was set up in 2003, specifically to help people get into this niche hobby, as well as to help show when events are on. This means that if you’re looking to build your very first robot, then compete in a small UK based tournament – You’ve got your go to website. If you want to know information about existing robots, perhaps like Behemoth, then you’ve found a place to check them out. If you want to speak to others who have started making their own robots, or if you had a question specifically related to robot creation – Yep, they’ve got forums for it. These people make sure that fighting robots are safe to us humans and are thoroughly committed to robotics in general.
If you’re coming to this months GeekOut South-West meetup, do be sure to check out the info sheet I’m preparing for our theme this month: Robot Revenge. More information on the FRA, on how you can get into robotics and what the fighting robotics world is up to these days will be provided. I will also create a space on the website with all of our Infodocs, available for everyone to read. Think of this like our own infographic, in hopes that we can produce some meaningful, highly information information for geekdom. As always, share your thoughts on todays article in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.