Syfy Channel is launching Robot Combat League later this month, on February 26, hosted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, and featuring robots designed by robotics expert Mark Setrakian.
Each week will feature a battle between the 8-foot tall humanoid robots and their human controllers (the “robo-jockeys”). Twelve teams, each consisting of a fighter/controller and a robotics engineer, will battle it out tournament style to crown a winner.
This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers.
Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.
In his role as host, Jericho will set up each week’s fight and provide viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action.
The robots of the “Robot Combat League” were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian, a leader in the sport of robotic combat. In his distinguished career, Setrakian has developed life-saving robotic systems, and pioneered cutting-edge creature effects, animatronics and control technology for such films as Men In Black, The Grinch and Hellboy. Setrakian combines a keen study of biology with innovative engineering to create robots with uncanny organic movement, earning his reputation as the man who brings machines to life.
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