This is a $17,000 pair of 'Bionic Bopper' boxing robots from (SURPRISE!) Hammacher Schlemmer that you can climb inside and duke it out with a friend...or enemy. Although why you'd want to fight a friend is beyond me. *beating roommate with a Rock Band drumstick* What? We f***ing hate each other.
You and (a) buddy each climb inside one of the beasts, and use a thumb-triggered button and two independent joysticks to activate the pneumatic-powered, tire-tread-fisted arms, while a Honda gas engine powers the hidden wheels, letting you float like a tank at up to 3 mph for up to five hours of fighting.
Admittedly, if you took the safety cage off these things could actually be fun. Which is exactly why I bought a pair with a stolen credit card. Wanna duel? "Sure." Awesome, you take red, I'll be blue. "...Why's yours look different?" Oh those? I mounted guns on mine.
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Robot Boxing Machines of the Day [geeks.thedailwh.at]
Thanks to Mark, who settles duels the old fashioned way: poisoning his enemy's mead.
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