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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.

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Fabulous Robot Gymnast Lands Quadruple Backflip, Shows Up The Competition: VIDEO

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Just in case technology wasn't threatening to outshine humanity enough, this gymnast robot has appeared to show us who's boss. Sure, it might be more aesthetically pleasing to watch muscular guys in singlets fly between bars or flip over the vault, and their athletic skill is impressive. But this little guy is a reminder of the power of the human brain, too.  

Gizmodo reports:

We've seen this bot before. Just this past March, we witnessed it stick a near impossible landing. And now it's stuck a quadruple backflip, which by all accounts appears to be it sixteenth feat of heroism. What can't this little guy do? Nothing.

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Lifelike, One-Eyed Robot Spider Might Creep You Out: VIDEO


There are already cinder-block tossing robot dogs, robot sand fleas, high-speed robot cheetahs and even robots that cheat at rock, paper, scissors.

But now the company Robugtix has created a 3D-printable robot spider with 26 motors and a kinematics engine that help it move in eerily life-like ways with only simple remote commands. With this, the great robo-animal revolt against humankind crawls ever nearer.

The T8 robo-spider is only $1,350 — cheap! Plus, Robugtix also has a crab-like hexapod for you crustacean lovers out there.

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Imagine This Chasing You Through the Woods: VIDEO


Boston Dynamics, creator of the Big Dog, and Big Mule, presents its first humanoid robot named Petman, which will stalk you in your nightmares.


According to Boston Dynamics: "It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature."

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Terrifyingly Strong Big Dog Robot Hurls Cinder Blocks: VIDEO


What's the latest skill Boston Dynamics has put to the test of its BigDog robot?

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Massive Pack Mule Robots Will Follow You for 20 Miles: VIDEO


Earlier this week they showed off the cheetah robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt.

Now, check these robots out, which are more like draft horses or pack mules.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling.

How smart is it?

“Other improvements include the ability to go from a 1- to 3-mph walk and trot over rough, rocky terrain, easily transition to a 5-mph jog and, eventually, a 7-mph run over flat surfaces, showing the versatility needed to accompany dismounted units in various terrains,” Hitt said. “The LS3 has demonstrated it is very stable on its legs, but if it should tip over for some reason, it can automatically right itself, stand up and carry on. LS3 also has the ability to follow a human leader and track members of a squad in forested terrain and high brush.”



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