BBC brings back Robot Wars with 3D Printed Robots

18 Jan

BBC brings back Robot Wars with 3D Printed Robots

Robot Wars was a is a technological game show that was first broadcast on BBC Two from 20 February 1998 until 23 February 2001, and then moved to BBC Choice and finally to Channel 5 where the last show was aired on 28 March 2004. Many followers that includes me were really disappointed by the decision as we had grown up watching Robots equipped with fancy weapons and flame throwers trying to kill each other.

The good news is that after more than a decade BBC 2 has announced the return of the ultimate battle of men and machines also to be known as reboot of Robot Wars. I know the American version - BattleBots, was interesting but deep inside I really wanted the original series to be shown on TV again.

Robot Wars with 3D Printed Robots?

Alan Tyler, BBC acting controller of entertainment commissioning, said: 'The redeveloped Robot Wars proved compelling, offering a mix of real people, real passion and raw power. 'It is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bullet-proof.'

This Edition of Robot Wars, would be really interesting to follow as we would be able to experience new generation of roboteers fight it out for the robot death matches. The real difference would be that this time round we would be able to the real difference in technology used to make these bots.

The new generation engineers would be making their robots with cheaper Rasberry pi's, Arduino computer boards, 3d printed weapons and advanced Remote control systems. who knows we might have the big old daddies of the game show like Sir Killalot, Shunt and Sergeant Bash, fight it out in the Fire Pit this time using low cost chips and easily replaceable and interchangeable accessories.

The show is scheduled to be on air later this year and will be filming the series at the new arena in Glasgow. The presenter for the show has not been announced yet but producers in an interview said that they will soon begin casting for the show.

Robot Wars with 3D Printed Robots?

Giving an interview at time of the announcement of the Retun of Robot Wars Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four said 'Robot Wars is an absolute TV classic and I'm thrilled to be updating it for the next generation of viewers.

'With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience, this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at.'

Image Credit:BBC Two&DIWOBQ

Chris Joel (Author)

BBC brings back Robot Wars with 3D Printed Robots
Chris Joel is a writer at 3D Printers Online Store. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in English Literature. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularization.