Blast from the past- Robot boxing project turns 10 years old.
I started working on these ten years ago, and this was the first-Batt'lin Maxo, to really be a cool design. It started out a much simpler machine and just kept evolving. Of course it's no fun just having one single fighter, you need at least two, so I made the second shown in the video. There are two others, built after 2010 also.
The idea behind boxing robots was never to have them beat each other to pieces, but score with embedded sensors and keep actual damage to a minimum, but I did have repairs to make more often than I liked.
One of the most fun projects I made, never regret the hours and work required to get these going.
These are nearly 5 feet tall, heavy, and hard to transport. I keep them safely stored and preserved, but do get them out occasionally for fun or events.
Recently they were included in a Popular Mechanics story called "61 things robots can do now" :http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/g1872/what-robots-can-do-now/?slide=53
I can only imagine what I could build a robot boxer to be capable of doing if I were to build yet another generation of these, I hope to find out someday. These were not terribly expensive to build at the time but ate up lots of resources I no longer have access to component wise..
The video shows Maxo sparring with Hammerhand Bob, the second boxer I made. The second generation designs were much more robust than these, and much more interesting to play with.