In essence, the Bionic Bopper Cars are motorized robots with pneumatic-powered tire-tread fisted arms. Inside each robot sits a human “driver”, who must weigh less than 300 lbs.
Each driver uses a thumb-triggered button on two independent joysticks that control the robot’s left and right arms. A bumper keeps the two robotic vehicles optimally separated.
The objective of each driver is to throw upward punches at the opposing robot’s head. A successful hit results in the robot’s head going back, and yields a point. A display panel mounted in the mid-section of each robot keeps track of how many scoring punches it has delivered.
The body of the Bionic Bopper cars are made of a sturdy steel frame with aluminium and fibreglass panels. The cars run on hidden wheels that are powered by a Honda gas engine.
The robot cars can move forward, backward, left or right at up to 3 mph and on a full tank, the robots can spar for up to five hours. (Convinced that robots are better than frail humans?) Power for the robot’s electronics comes from a rechargeable 12 volt battery.
If you’re wondering how old your kid can be before you can say you’re buying it for him, the Bionic Bopper cars are meant for children aged 8 and more.
Technically, if you weigh less than 300 lbs, I guess you can count yourself a kid, as far as playing with the Bionic Boppers go. But at $17,000 a pair, the price is pretty adult!