November 3, 2012

(VIDEO) DARPA’s cheetah-inspired robot runs faster than Usain Bolt

Robots probably won’t completely take over or destroy humans anytime soon, but this latest development in robotics is a little frightening.

In the video below, DARPA’s Cheetah can be seen moving at seemingly superhuman speeds. The Pentagon-sponsored prototype, already the fastest legged robot around, can run 28.3 mph, better than Usain Bolt‘s top speed of 27.78 mph. However, Cheetah had a slight advantage over the 26-year-old Jamaican sprinter as it ran on a treadmill. But still…

Right now, the robot is running on tethered power, but an outdoor version is on its way.

“Our real goal is to create a robot that moves freely outdoors while it runs fast. We are building an outdoor version that we call WildCat, that should be ready for testing early next year,” said Dr. Alfred Rizzi, the technical lead for the project.

Cheetah’s ability is very useful for disaster response, military operations and other situations where there is a dire need for speed. But in case this four-legged machine decides to hunt us down, our best bet is to arm ourselves with high-powered shotguns, grenade launchers, and more!

Watch the video:

DARPA's Cheetah Bolts Past the Competition



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