August 21st, 2012 | By Stephen Fournier
We’ve all wanted to build our own robot fighting machine at some point in our life; usually a lack of university level robotics education tends to get in the way. Well you can kiss that lame excuse goodbye when you get your hands on the robot building sandbox game, Rawbots.
Do you want to make a robotic turret to shoot at other bots passing by? Go for it. Do you want to make a robot with wheels for movement and race it across a planet against other bots? Nothing is going to stop you. Do you want to make a pair of robots that look like Optimus Prime and Megatron and have them duke it out in a final showdown like what happened in every one of the Transformers cartoon series? Well no, you can’t get that detailed, but you can make a pair of robots and make them fight to the death for your own amusement!
Rawbots works on a sandbox system of design and movement for your robots. You design your bot, the pieces it uses to move, how it would move, and what it can do. You can then teach your robots how to move, attack, fly, or simply pick a prefabricated bot somebody else built. After that is done you can choose to issue commands through different controllers, or program behaviors into the bots and make them do what you want. It’s an interesting system that leads to huge number of possibilities for robot design and the amount of work that went into this system makes my head spin.
Right now the developers, Rozgo, are still messing around with a release date for Rawbots, but for the moment you should expect its release around Christmas this year. You can follow Rawbots on Facebook or on the developer’s blog to keep up to date on any more Rawbots info.