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Cheetah Robot Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt: VIDEO


Starting your week with a sprint, here's the latest from Boston Dynamics, a robot that can outrun the fastest man alive. Just hope it never has reason to come after you.


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  1. But how fast could it move if it didn't have that hydraulic support arm behind it?
    Science Fail.

    Posted by: JT in the Army | Sep 10, 2012 9:05:23 AM

  2. I'd like to see it run down stairs. And JT is right - it doesn't have to carry it's own power supply with this setup. Still...pretty cool.

    Posted by: Yeek | Sep 10, 2012 9:24:37 AM

  3. There we go again, helping Skynet to exist.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 10, 2012 9:32:05 AM

  4. Creepy

    Posted by: mymy | Sep 10, 2012 9:43:15 AM

  5. Creepy

    Posted by: mymy | Sep 10, 2012 9:43:21 AM

  6. I felt sorry for it. You could tell it was struggling. I know its a machine but still.

    Posted by: JaysonJ | Sep 10, 2012 10:41:30 AM

  7. Someone call PETRA.

    Posted by: matt | Sep 10, 2012 11:33:17 AM

  8. Eh. Why all the comarisons to Usain Bolt? Millions of other animals run faster than him. He comes from a species that wasn't built for sprinting. The only logical comparison would be to another human.

    Posted by: Winston | Sep 10, 2012 12:24:18 PM

  9. I think its not bad. Check my blog for more info about word robot.

    Posted by: Robot | Sep 10, 2012 1:18:09 PM

  10. Yeah JT, just like black and white television was a "science fail."

    Posted by: Lance | Sep 10, 2012 2:11:48 PM

  11. @JT: And how appropriate would your comment be if you understood the point behind the experiment. It isn't to create electronic muscles but rather to create a system that is capable of balance and motion at rapid speeds. The thing can keep itself upright and correct for changes in terrain, all while going at full gallop.

    Science WIN.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Sep 10, 2012 2:12:51 PM

  12. Now make it run forward.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 10, 2012 2:30:43 PM

  13. If it has a hydraulic arm to re-adjust its position, and the "terrain" is simply a flat treadmill, then this isn't really running. An apt analogy might be when a figure skater has a bungee harness for practicing jumps--he or she isn't jumping, just practicing rotation, timing, etc. Still, that's highly complex for a robot and given the firm's history I'd imagine a much more advanced autonomous version in a few months or years.

    I'd call this a science win, but maybe a marketing fail (or journalism fail) for calling this a "running" record.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 10, 2012 10:36:46 PM

  14. It seems like it would fall over or fall apart if it wasn't connected to the wires and stuff.

    Posted by: Miguel | Sep 11, 2012 7:44:51 AM

  15. @STEFAN, The hydraulic arm isn't re-adjusting position. It is there to stop it from flying away should its step falter. It is, after all, running at 30 mph on a treadmill. If it were to fall, it would slam into the backstop and break. You did notice that the robot wandered about on the treadmill, yes? That's because its position was solely determined by the legs, not any other equipment. That's why it started hitch-stepping about 0:41 and you could see that it was in trouble about 0:50.

    Are you seriously saying that the roboticists were trying to fake their way through the test? That they're so ignorant of their own field that it didn't occur to them to try to have the thing run on its own?

    Posted by: Rrhain | Sep 11, 2012 1:03:15 PM

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