Fans of the TV show Robot Wars may remember these amazing creations battling for supremacy in the 2000’s. These robots have behind them teams of brains who are not only there for the tech, but also for dominance. Yes, these machines fight to the death in a larger-than-life arena surrounded by spectators behind bulletproof glass.
It was a spectacular show for kids and grown-ups alike. It sparked a new generation of dreamers, scientists, and techies who would then create the next wave. So what is the next wave of these amazing robot battles? Well, the original Robot Wars took place on land. Now, the robots do battle in the air.
The answer to the next wave of robot battles is DroneClash. Created in the Netherlands, teams gear up their drones for air supremacy. The event, which is on its second year, has a number of powerful names backing it. These include the Dutch Police as well as the Ministry of Defense.
So as you can see, it is not just a small event with limited backing. The government of the Netherlands itself has taken interest in DroneClash, and for good reason. The event not only promotes technology, it also entices an entirely new generation of minds.
An Annual Tournament
The drones have in their arsenal a sundry of weapons. These include flamethrowers, blades, and of course, armor to cushion the blows. DroneClash is also not as cut and dry as its land-based ancestor. Instead of directional movement, you see on land robots, drones also have to navigate, dive, and soar through the battlefield.
The contestants come from various institutions. Some from nearby colleges, while others, tech enthusiasts simply wanting to try their mettle. Competition is incredibly varied, and of course the spectating crowd are the true winners. Behind bulletproof glass, they watch as these machines set fire, crash, and destroy one another. Last one standing wins.