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[PC World] Robotic Cheetah Sets a New Robot Land Speed Record, Leaves Humans in its Dust

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The new Cheetah Robot is the latest animatronic creation to come out of DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. It is the fastest four-legged robot in the world, and it can reach speeds of 18 miles-per-hour; the previous land-speed record for a four-legged robot was 13.1mph set by MIT in 1989.

The Cheetah has a specially designed articulating back that flexes back and forth with each step. This allows the Cheetah to extend its stride and increase its running speed. So far, Boston Dynamics has only tested the robot on its indoor treadmill with a boom to keep it centered.

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cool but anyone else find it just funny? reminds me of the headless chicken thingies from half-life.
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18 miles-per-hour. Honestly that's quite underwhelming. I thought they be able to do better then that especially as that design does not look like its capable of doing much else besides running.
    
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Pretty pointless IMHO... we invented wheels for a reason ...
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Pretty pointless IMHO... we invented wheels for a reason ...

for much more uneven terrain, 4 legged vehicles are more effective with enough programming to mimic a real cheetah.
    
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cool... now lets race it against a real cheetah
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18mph hardly leaves humans in the dust.... your average joe sure, but there are plenty of athletes who can top well over 20mph
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for much more uneven terrain, 4 legged vehicles are more effective with enough programming to mimic a real cheetah.

That's why we invented helicopters? tongue.gif
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That's why we invented helicopters? tongue.gif

Helicopters cant land just anywhere tongue.gif
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Helicopters cant land just anywhere tongue.gif

Touché ^^
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