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DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Hits New Speeds

by Ward Carroll on September 7, 2012

Deborah Netburn (great Internet name) of the LA Times reports the following:

A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one.

If it’s any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set the mark at 27.78 mph in 2009, during a 100-meter sprint.

And robo-cheetah has a way to go before it can outrun a real, living, breathing cheetah. A cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo was recently clocked at 61 mph.

It should also be noted that the robo-cheetah has only been tested on a treadmill in a lab. It doesn’t carry its power source, and it has a boom-like device that holds it up and keeps it in the center of the treadmill.

DARPA said it will be testing out a prototype of the robotic cheetah on natural terrain sometime next year.

Read the rest of Deborah’s story here.

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Pilgrimman September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

I for one welcome our robot overlords.

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Ron September 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

Why are the legs not alternating, they have a long way to go, it has to mimic a cheetah's legs in order to achieve faster speed.

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Josh K. September 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Cheetah actually do sprint with front legs and back legs moving in unison, as opposed to alternating, at least when running at top speed. Their gait is probably has more in common with a jackrabbit than larger cats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIeXEiJuJUY

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Nick September 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

All quadrupeds use that gate. In fact the first "stop motion" cameras were used on horses to demonstrate this

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Brian Black September 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

Horses have four basic natural gaits -walk, trot, canter, gallop- appropriate to different speeds.

I'd be much more impressed if this robot walked and ran with different gaits.

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rickythehalogeek September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thats fast

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tomatojuice September 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

That robot runs a bit faster then Usain Bolt

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Kaelen September 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

u don't say

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Brian Black September 8, 2012 at 7:31 am

I think Bolt's off the blocks faster.

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DougieR September 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

That thing is so freaky it doesn't even need weapons to get the enemy runnin the other way!

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Tad September 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Yes, but will it fetch?

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Timer4ever September 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

Thanks Tad…I needed that laugh…

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connor December 5, 2012 at 1:13 am

will it blend?

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JohnB September 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Looks like it fell on its butt instead of the face ? It should be called hyena due the long front and short hind legs.

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Brian September 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Let’s see that ***** Linda Hamilton outrun this.

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tyler September 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

skynet?

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@JPTravis1 September 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

Might be fast, but with that clunky gait it's never going to sneak up on anybody.

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Tiger September 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Cylons do not make good pets…..

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john September 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Needs guns.

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puresaltA1A September 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Yeah Hadgi!! try in hit that fucker with an RPG!!! now all we need a lazor strapped to its freaken forehead…

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puresaltA1A September 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

*Hadji*…. sorry…got a little excited this morning.. and boom goes the dynomite…

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