It’s a good time to fight robots in Australia, thanks, in part, to a 110-kilogram metal crocodile.
Everyone competing in the Robowars National Championship at Brisbane State High School’s Performing Arts Centre knows of the exploits of local machine DeathRoll on the American TV show BattleBots. Jules Pitts worked on the croc-themed bot and accompanied it on its US sojourn in 2019, when DeathRoll tore apart some highly fancied international competitors.
Right now, though, Pitt is sitting behind a trestle table and poking at the innards of Wanda, trying to repair the damage wreaked by another robot known, rather disarmingly, as Bob.
“I totally lost,” she says happily.
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