The goal of Mech Warfare is to build an airsoft enabled quadruped robot that is ready for one-on-one robot combat, piloted through a wireless first-person POV system. Competitors battle out their robots in an Airsoft war that mirrors the scenarios found in sci-fi universes such as Battletech, Warhammer 40k and Armored Core.
The Mech Warfare competition takes place in a miniaturized city contained inside a cage (to protect the audience!). Mech robots, representing schools across the country, navigate the blocks and cities of the cage with mounted airsoft guns and attempt to downpour a rain of lethal BBs onto their opponents. The robot that hits its opponents the most and gets hit the least wins.
In 2016, the Mech Warfare team travelled down to West Virginia’s Sheperd University to compete in ShepRobo Fest, an annual robotics competition hosted by Sheperd that features several competitive events. Six robots entered the Mech Warfare competition. Only one emerged victorious. After multiple rounds of intense robot skirmishes involving heavy BB combat and even one competitor’s leg-motor catching on fire, we are proud to announce that Harvard’s Undergraduate Robotics Club claimed First Place in ShepRobo Fest's 2016 Mech Warfare Competition!
Mech Warfare defended their title at Sheperd University's Mech Warfare competition, placing first for the second year in a row - however, this time we dominated the competition with a new design. Our Mech Warfare 2.0 or Baby Mech - as we called it - featured a 450-fps metal BB gun, a plywood frame and dynamixel servos. Baby Mech then traveled to compete at Robo Games in California, achieving 5th place after a number of close matches.