March 13, 2012

DARPA Cheetah Breaks Speed Record

Boston Dynamics has come a long ways since Big Dog. Their latest accomplishment is Cheetah, a robotic creature that just broke a speed record at 18 mph, beating out MIT's 13.1 mph made in 1989. Running on a treadmill and powered by a hydraulic pump, the feline bot's movements are based on the real thing and it increases its pace by flexing and unflexing its back with each step. Funded by DARPA and geared eventually for the military, BD is planning on making it free-running and taking it into the real world later this year.

Via Boston Dynamics

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at March 13, 2012 11:29 AM
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