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Cheetah Robot Sets World Speed Record For Legged Robots (Video)

The first thing I thought about after watching this video of a robotic “Cheetah” was the movie “Transformers” or something of that nature. More specifically I think of the Decepticon character “Ravage” that was a large robotic cat. Ironically tests are being done for the military for a variety of operations that will utilize something similar. Can you imagine what the next 20-50 years or so holds when scientists recreate robots that mimic living animals in the wild? Crazy. Read more about this under the hood below…..

“This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.

The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.

The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.

While the M3 program conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions, the technology it aims to develop could have a wide range of potential military applications.”

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