DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Hits New Speeds

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.

13 Comments on "DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Hits New Speeds"

  1. I for one welcome our robot overlords.

  2. rickythehalogeek | September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply

    Thats fast

  3. That robot runs a bit faster then Usain Bolt

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

  5. Yes, but will it fetch?

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

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

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

  9. Cylons do not make good pets…..

  10. Needs guns.

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

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

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