The DARPA Cheetah robot reached a new record speed with 28.3mph. This robotic beast is beating the fastest man on earth. Watch Cheetah run in the video below.
DARPA announced that its Cheetah robot has reached a new record speed. It now can run 28.3mph. Usain Bolt set the world speed record for a human in 2009 with 27.78mph. The video of the Cheetah robot reaching the new top speed is kind of creepy. Watch it below.
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Cheetah is being developed and tested under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program by Boston Dynamics. One of the program’s main goals is to enhance robot movement and capabilities in natural and degraded manmade environments where defense personnel often operate. DARPA intends to test a prototype on natural terrain next year, but for now Cheetah runs on a treadmill in a lab to allow researchers to monitor its progress, refine algorithms and maintain its moving parts. The current version of the Cheetah robot is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. The increase in speed since results were last reported in March 2012 is due to improved control algorithms and a more powerful pump. The robot has a ways to go before it can come close to matching the speeds of its living and breathing cheetah kin (the Cincinnati Zoo’s cheetah, Sarah, was recently clocked at 61 mph), but that really isn’t the point.