Missed BattleBots? DJI has you covered with RoboMaster 2017. The finals are set to air this weekend from Shenzhen, also known as the Silicon Valley of China. Jump over to the competition’s Twitch page for some quality action.
Here’s a primer of the competition courtesy of DJI:
“Each side has five types of robots: Hero, Infantry, Engineer, Drone, and Base. At the start of each seven-minute match, both teams set off from their starting corners, firing at each other on the obstacle-filled battleground. Every robot is equipped with sensors that convert hits into reduced Health Points (HP),” the press release said. “When a robot’s HP drops to zero, it will be disabled, allowing the opposing team to penetrate the opponent’s base further. A team wins when it destroys the opponent’s Base robot or whichever team has a higher Base HP at the end.”
Give me an Inspire to rain death from above.
The press release continues: “RoboMaster 2017 is an annual robotics competition for teams of aspiring engineers to design and build next-generation robots and to compete with teams from around the world.”
Now we know who to blame when Skynet comes online. The grand prize is 200,000 yuan or $1,815. Second price is 100,00 yuan or $907. Third price nets the winner 50,000 yuan or $450. Not bad for doing what you love. Come on DJI, give the winners a few drones. Make it interesting.
Why Twitch? Besides the fact it has a global presence, Cinzia Palumbo, Senior Brand Manager at DJI, explained the “competition started in China a few years ago and now attracts teams from the U.S., U.K., Germany, and the rest of Asia. By streaming RoboMaster 2017 on Twitch, it will enable us to reach a global audience and allow more people to realize how robotics could impact and change the world we live in.”
I’ll take one that cleans my house. Let me dream damn it.
You’ll need to be a bit of a night owl if you live stateside. Day 4 kicks off tonight at 9 PM PST. Day 5 at 12 AM EST. And the Grand Finale tomorrow at 8 PM PST.