[Daiju Ishikawa] wrote us to announce that the world championship Hebocon is taking place this August in Tokyo, and the registration has just opened. When you get a mail in the tip line that reads “From all over the world, crappy robots with low technological ability will gather and fight to determine the worst made robot in the world.” you know it’s Hackaday!
“Heboi” is Japanese for clumsy or crappy. If your idea of fun is poorly made, but hilarious, robots trying to shove each other out of a sumo ring, then a local Hebocon might be for you. And if you think you’ve got what it takes to be a world champion, start looking into tickets to Japan. (It’s not coincidentally on the same day as Maker Faire Tokyo.)
Either way, you should check out the video, embedded below, which is a great introduction to the sport/pastime/whatever. It’s a fun introduction to the gentle art of robotry, for people who are more creative than technical. We think that’s awesome.
14 thoughts on “Crappy Robots World Championship Announced”
No, it’s craptastic!
It doesn’t matter how awesome your best robot is.
You want to work out how awesome your worst ones will be.
We had fax machines in the 19th century as the state of the art, but it’s not until the fax machine was crap that the information super highway developed.
The perfect contest for this project:
I laugh every time I see that. :D
I saw the title and thought I was imagining things.
Most ‘robots’ are crap.
Pretty much everything I build is “Heboi”. I wonder if any of these events will be coming to New England…
Here is my crappy robot. The legs keep falling off.
I believe Simone Giertz has just come to live in America. For those who haven’t heard of her, she is known on the Internet as “Queen of the Shitty Robots”.
It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed as hard as when I watched some of her recent videos. I highly recommend.
Now I remember her! I’m a huge fan of the chopping robot.
Yup. Came here to mention her. I am wondering.. if she doesn’t win this.. will she still proclaim herself queen?
So it’s a Rube Goldberg Robot Wars?
I like the Japanese contest where a guy’s robot beats up a little kid’s robot, and the winner publicly apologizes for actually trying to win.
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