Man-made metal monsters meet at the International Robogames Competition in a sudden-death elimination battle to avoid the scrap heap. Hosted by MYTHBUSTERS’ Grant Imahara, KILLER ROBOTS: 2011 ROBOGAMES follows everyday engineers and backyard brainiacs as they produce mechanized mayhem. For one hour onTuesday, August 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/11 p.m. ET, Discovery Science features fire-breathing, blade-spinning robo-gladiators that face off in a bulletproof arena, where only one combatant can emerge victorious.
Grant Imahara of MYTHBUSTERS serves as tour guide for KILLER ROBOTS: ROBOGAMES 2011, guiding viewers through theInternational Robogames Competition in San Mateo, California. Hailed as the pop-culture robot king, Imahara has made a name for himself after creating the quirky Craig Ferguson sidekick Geoff Peterson. Imahara brings his love for robots to the centre of the ring as he hosts this three-day spectacle celebrating extreme robotics, where robo-enthusiasts unite to witness more than 70 different competitions. The marquee event is the winner-takes-all Heavyweight elimination bracket, where the 100-kg metal warriors fight to the death – and the last one standing is crowned King of the Killer Robots.
RoboGames was founded as the ROBOlympics in 2004. Founder David Calkins, who worked with all types of robot competitions, realized the need for cross-pollination between events, as too many robot builders overspecialized within their own field. By bringing builders from combat robotics (mechanical engineering) together with soccer robotics (computer programming), sumo robotics (sensors), androids (motion control) and art robots (aesthetics), robot builders could exchange ideas and learn more. The second goal of RoboGames was to offer recognition to engineers from around the world in varying disciplines with consistent rule sets and low-cost or free contestant fees. RoboGames never charges kids or primary/secondary schools an entry fee. By offering gold, silver and bronze medals, and inviting the best robot builders from countries other than just the United States, RoboGames gives everyone a chance to excel on a level playing field. More information at http://www.robogames.net.