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Meet Wildcat, The Military's Wireless Running Robot: VIDEO


Meet the Wildcat, a four-legged robot that can gallop, run backwards, bound, turn and run on flat terrain. One day developers hope to get it running quickly on all types of terrain.

The group behind the Wildcat — Boston Dynamics — is also the group that developed the 28 mile per hour Cheetah. But unlike the Cheetah, the Wildcat runs only 16 miles per hours and it is wirelessly controlled using a large powerful engine instead of an electrical plug to fuel its movements. In comparison, the fastest man in the world — Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt — can run a top speed of 23.7 mph and even then only in short bursts. Over long distances, the Wildcat would likely overtake Bolt.

The Wildcat is being developed under the U.S. Military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program, a program dedicated to designing robots to "assist in the execution of military operations far more effectively across a far greater range of missions" than what present technology currently allows.

You can add this to the list of super-bots that will one day rule humanity including the cinder-block tossing robot dog, the robot sand fleas, the creepy robo-spider and the sneaky bots that cheats at rock, paper, scissors.

See the Wildcat in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Is it just me, or does it look like some sort of mechanical headless horse? Whatever it is, it seems definitely designed to carry a man another robot either armed or unarmed.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2013 9:47:14 AM

  2. Ugh, with the military involved you KNOW that it is going to be armed. That alone is a sad commentary on humanity . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2013 9:58:46 AM

  3. An astounding piece of technology completely wasted in the hands of a blood-hungry, inhumane industry. As Mike commented; a sad commentary on humanity.

    Posted by: Chris K | Oct 5, 2013 10:11:24 AM

  4. I've got an idea. They should have Wildcat gallop to Washington, round up all the politicians, and end the government shutdown.
    Hi-Yo Wildcat......!!!!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Oct 5, 2013 10:34:52 AM

  5. They should put some dildos to that thing and send it to Congress

    Posted by: MArk | Oct 5, 2013 11:01:19 AM

  6. That's repulsive.

    Posted by: AdamK | Oct 5, 2013 11:04:33 AM

  7. Leonardo diVinci would have been delighted. Not only did he love the motion of horses, most of his patrons hired him (initially) for his genius in designing new war machines: the tank, the submarine, the airplane, the helicopter, the pontoon bridge, and the bicycle were all conceived by him, although the technology wasn't advanced enough to pull them off in his day. This robot would have fascinated him.

    Posted by: BZ | Oct 5, 2013 11:34:11 AM

  8. nowhere near as graceful or quiet as a cat

    the name should be something like non graceful mechanical horse that sounds like a wee wacker

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 5, 2013 12:23:09 PM

  9. Tens of millions in development costs and they couldn't include a muffler?

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 5, 2013 12:43:40 PM

  10. Just needs a rotating gun on it and perhaps a grenade launcher.

    Posted by: Mighty | Oct 5, 2013 1:20:48 PM

  11. Excellent BZ! But Leonardo diVinci loved peace and hated war! Part of his genius was that he designed his incredible war machines with an ulterior motive. He KNEW that they were FAR too advanced to be built at the time. However, they they did get him the access to necessary patrons. Then he concluded his proposals and drawings, with the modest words "I also paint."

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2013 1:30:26 PM

  12. So when Skynet becomes self-aware....

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Oct 5, 2013 1:43:22 PM

  13. Words to that affect here:

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2013 1:45:35 PM

  14. Hopefully, this can used to keep illegal Mexicans from crossing the border. It would be great to have a few thousand of these on the border keeping them out. They could chase them all night and never get tired lol!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 5, 2013 2:40:34 PM

  15. I've had a really rough weekend since nobody is my friend and nobody ever pays attention to me so I'm gonna post my usual racist anti-gay Mexican nonsense under Kiwi's name. Why? Because I need a distraction from the worthless life I'm barely living.

    Posted by: Kiwi's Stalker | Oct 5, 2013 2:52:32 PM

  16. @KIWI and KIWI'S STALKER OK, you two, PLAY NICE now!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 5, 2013 3:33:47 PM

  17. It'll be used to kill children, and sell Pepsi...

    Posted by: OMG-REALLY | Oct 5, 2013 5:40:47 PM

  18. 1 out of 6 American citizens can't afford to feed themselves with regularity, but by all means . . . lets spend our tax dollars to build mechanical donkeys.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 5, 2013 7:26:32 PM

  19. how much money for this?
    this is where the us spends its money
    gross, sad and infuriating
    how about free higher education for anyone who wants it and
    universal pre- K and
    fully fund public pensions or
    add 500 to every social security check and lower the age of retirement to 62
    but no -
    the masters of war and their paymasters have achieved perpetual war for perpetual peace
    and we're supposedly broke
    well at least whitey's on the moon

    Posted by: j | Oct 5, 2013 8:15:50 PM

  20. It's a robot horse!

    Posted by: jarago | Oct 5, 2013 8:59:05 PM

  21. It looks more like a robo-rhino. All that is missing is a front horn.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 5, 2013 9:05:16 PM

  22. Fox ran a story on these a year or two ago (I like to know what the enemy is up to) but the ones they showed were as big as horses but they are designed to carry equipment. I don't remember that one sounding like a lawnmower on meth though.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMS | Oct 6, 2013 10:14:58 AM

  23. Given the effectiveness of 20 dollar military drones, to me it looks like a modern day Maginot Line.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 6, 2013 12:04:45 PM

  24. It would be great for setting off IED's before ground troops go through....wonder what they cost a piece?

    Posted by: John Simpson | Oct 7, 2013 4:20:53 PM

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