Robots: Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Can Chase You Down at 18mph, Aims for 50mph

Posted on Mar 08, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Forbes

Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts technology firm Skynet predecessor and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it’s broken the speed record for legged robots. Its new four-legged creation is Cheetah, which can run chase you down at 18 miles an hour.

Hayden’s Note:

It seems that each week, I have to post a new video of another creepy robot designed by DARPA, the Pentagon’s research wing.  While cool, they still make me shudder to a degree.  Pack mules, bi-ped humanoid bots, autonomous copters that fly in formation, and now this…

When I spoke with Boston Dynamics ten months ago, the company’s president Marc Raibert told me the firm was building a four-legged robot that would run at 20 mph by late 2012. It seems to be ahead of schedule. As well as hitting that 20 mph mark, the company also aims to take Cheetah out of the lab and onto other terrains.

“While 18 mph is a good start, our goal is to get Cheetah running much faster and outdoors,” reads a statement from Boston Dynamics’ chief roboticist Alfred Rizzi. “We designed the treadmill to go over 50 mph, but we plan to get off the treadmill and into the field as soon as possible. We really want to understand the limits of what is possible for fast-moving robots.”

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