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Bristol Braces for Bruising Bot Battle

Bristol Bot Builders team members Joe Brown and Gareth Barnaby

Joe Brown (foreground) and Bristol Bot Builders team member Gareth Barnaby (top) at Bristol Hackspace.

Credit: University of Bristol

Bristol is the U.K. hotbed of robot combat, says Joe Brown, director of Bristol Bot Builders, and an outreach teacher in electronic engineering and computer science at the University of Bristol.

Brown has been making and fighting robots for nearly 10 years. He and his team are preparing for a battle between 50 robots in the "BBB – Beetle Brawl 2022," to be held in Bristol on February 26.

Robot combat has gained in popularity over the last few years thanks to greater availability of tools, parts, and know-how. The sport mixes the crunch of brawling metal with a spirit of fun and comraderey.

"Robot combat is a great way to test the mettle of engineering concepts and show how fun it can be to put theory into practice," says University of Bristol Professor Angela Doufexi.

From University of Bristol
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