There was a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. One of the fastest among these was the Velociraptor and it was not only fast but a vicious predator to boot. Today, researchers at the KAIST Lab have built a Velociraptor robot that may one day even surpass the Cheetah robot built some time ago in Boston.
And the ironic news is that the Velociraptor robot can run faster than the fastest man on earth…and that would be none other than Usain Bolt. It stood at 46 km/h as its highest speed. But Usain has reached his top quickness record of 44.72 km/h.
According to CNet, "Raptor has been clocked in at 46kph (28.5mPH) on a treadmill. That's faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest known human, whose recorded top speed is 44.72 kph (27.44 mph), and nearly as fast as Cheetah, which was clocked at 47kph (29.3mph) in September 2012."
The two robots (Cheetah and Raptor) are close in their speeds but very different from each other in structure. While Cheetah is stocky and bulky, Raptor is lightweight and bends towards the “less is more” philosophy. The Raptor takes its design dynamics from the speedy lizards of the prehistoric past.
While the Raptor hasn’t yet matched the speed of the Cheetah, this is because it is still in its early stages. It is a prototype and the real final version will take some time to come to the fore.
Howevere, according to Geek.com, "The Raptor can already run 30mph, which means it could outrun Usain Bolt (he’s managed to hit around 27mph in the 100 meters). And as you can see in the video, it has no problem coping with some fairly large obstacles being chucked into its path. At around the 1:30 mark there’s some awesome slow-motion footage that lets you see exactly what happens when a 10cm foam block gets in the way."
The Raptor robot reminds one eerily of the movie Jurassic Park where the deadly little lizards were hungry for human blood. But since this is just a machine, it is not a threat to mammals like us. A balancing pole lies on top of the Raptor robot. This keeps it steady.
Both the Cheetah and the Raptor need to have a cable attached to their frames from the top so as to keep them on their course while they are sprinting. Usain Bolt was not available for comment regarding how he sees the fact that he may be beaten by two of the latest robotic machines. But, he need not worry since they are just machines and do not have the competitive spirit of human beings that comes from inner motivation.