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.