This past weekend saw China's hottest boy band, the TFBoys, take to the stage in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, attracting thousands of fans from across the country. But just across the street from the main venue, was another band of boys – youngsters putting on a show of robotics.
The 2019 finals of the RoboMaster Championship were held on Sunday at Shenzhen's Bao'an Stadium, where young tech enthusiasts showcased their skills in robotics. The Shenyang-based Northeastern University of China claimed the top prize this year.
With an esports-like feel, RoboMaster features technical elements and tactics such as rotating chassis, mechanical moon rover systems and auto-targeting cannons.
The competition plays out more like soccer or laser tag games than a boxing match powered by robots. During the competition, robots move about on a terrain and shoot pellets at one another to drain rivals' "hit points."
The annual robotics competition was first launched in 2015 by Shenzhen-based DJI, the world's largest drone maker. It has since attracted large numbers of college students at home and abroad.
As many as 150 Chinese universities took part this year as well as contestants from 14 universities outside the Chinese mainland. Schools from the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong were among the top 32 teams that squeezed into the finals.
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