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US robotic 'cheetah' breaks speed records

2012-03-06 22:04

Washington - The Pentagon's main research agency has created the fastest-ever land robot, named "Cheetah," which can gallop at a speed of 29km/h, scientists said this week.

The headless robot looks about the size of a small dog and is shown running on a treadmill in pictures and video released Monday by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).

"The robot's movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature," Darpa said in a statement.

"The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does."

Cheetah's dash has set a "new land speed record for legged robots," besting the previous holder of 21km/h set in 1989, the agency added.

The robot was created with the help of Boston Dynamics in Waltham, Massachusetts as part of Darpa's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) programme which seeks to advance robotic technology.

Someday, such speedy robots could better help the US military with missions to dispose of roadside bombs and navigate other battlefield perils, the secretive agency said, declining an interview request for more information.

"The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties," the Darpa statement said.

"If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist soldiers across a greater range of missions."

Comments
  • NPDeKlerk - 2012-03-07 01:44

    So they took 22 years to get a legged robot to go only 8km/h faster, if the robot cant jump or climb stairs their is no point to this.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-07 10:42

      Its called a learning curve , eventually its exponential. Just look at other technologies. Damn the man.

  • Zion - 2012-03-07 07:52

    The real live Cheetah can dash for a short distance at 65 to 70 MPH.(104 and 112Km/h) This robotic job can be outrun by a school boy on a bicycle. If the world record for the 100 metre dash is 10 seconds then the speed is 36 km/h (The world record is just below 10 seconds) A domestic cat can peak at 39km/h. Our Robo-cheetah should go back to the drawing board. ( REF: Britannica Encyclopaedia.)

      Zion - 2012-03-08 10:35

      Some wise guys must learn a little arithmetic instead of insulting others. This little cheetah is just a load of crap.

  • ry.short - 2012-03-07 09:15

    How fast do the robots that you guys built go?

  • David - 2012-03-07 09:15

    its not just about speed, its the advances in flexibility that allow a greater range of motion that counts, brings closer and closer to human movement, robots will replace soldiers one day, this is the beginning.

  • chhpurdy - 2012-03-07 11:53

    What a bunch of short sited pricks those of you that bag this achievement are. Were you born stupid or did your parents beat your heads against the wall when you were very young??

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