Tech whizzes seek to raise $100,000 for battle robot kit

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A KickStarter campaign seeking to raise $100,000 to mass-produce battle robot kits has been launched by the Latvian Robot-Nest startup, the company said in a Wednesday press release. 

The campaign to raise money for the SumoBoy robots has already earned close to $8,000.

The creators seek to popularize robot sumo‒fights involving two robots trying to push one another out of a circle‒by making the robots accessible to seasoned enthusiasts and enthused first-timers alike.

There's a educational value on top of the entertainment these robots provide.

The sumo fighters cannot be directly controlled on the battlefield and instead have to be taught to fight with C and C++ programming languages that have many other real-world applications.

The robotics kit set includes the robot, together with electronic parts that everyone can play around with, making it a candidate for teaching the basics of electronics as well. 

The team behind SumoBoy consists of enthusiasts engaged in robot battles for more than a decade.

"Our experience and knowledge has allowed to create the first professional mini sumo robotics complect in the world," said Robot-Nest boss Agris Ņikitenko.

Latvia has a vibrant tech community with a high number of startups per capita, just like Lithuania and Estonia do.

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