Fight Club 2.0 — Welcome to the World of Robot Boxing

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By Pavel Alpeyev | 6:23 am, November 11, 2016

There is finally a form of combat sport you can enjoy without a qualm.

Robot boxing!

It’s a cross between a video game, a robot expo, and a brutal ringside spectacle, only no one gets hurt—if you have the spare parts.

Robot boxing originated in the 1990s in Japan and has spread to other Asian countries, including South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. Unlike the high-minded robot competitions organized by Darpa, these matches are simple: You knock the opponent to the ground by all means possible. Also, the pugilists aren’t autonomous, which is probably a good thing.

We visited a Hong Kong robot boxing team to meet some amazing homemade bipedal robots and the passionate geeks behind them.

This article was written by Pavel Alpeyev from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.