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Mar 6th, 2012 8:28 PM #1
DARPA developing "Cheetah" robot which can run 18MPH...
Anyone see the move Red Planet? Remember the AMEE robot in it? That's what this freaking thing reminds me of!
Looking like a four-legged "Star Wars" creature, the Pentagon's "Cheetah" robot can gallop up to 18 mph, a land speed record for legged robots.The robot is the product of the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
"The robot's movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature," stated a news release onDARPA's website . "The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does."
Powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, the robot ran on a laboratory treadmill in a demonstration. A boom-like device keeps it running in the center of the treadmill.
The military plans to test a free-running prototype later this year.
The robot's high speed of 18 mph might not sound all that impressive, but it is nearly five mph faster than the previous record of 13.1 mph, set in 1989. Also, 18 mph is much faster than the average human jogger, according to Wired.com .
And Usain Bolt, the human world-record holder, was clocked at 28 mph during the 100-meter sprint in 2009.
Boston Dynamics, the company behind Cheetah would like the robot to sprint as fast as 60 mph or 70 mph – the speed of a real cheetah, according to Wired.com.
The website reported that DARPA has not yet revealed what the robot will be used for. Along with its eventual high speeds, the device could be designed so it can zigzag to chase and evade. It could be used for emergency response, firefighting, advanced agriculture and vehicular travel.
Mar 6th, 2012 9:48 PM #2
It looks like it has a LONG way to go... which is kinda surprising...I aggressively attack stupidity... If you feel I am being aggressive, well....
Mar 7th, 2012 7:05 AM #3
Mar 7th, 2012 3:17 PM #4
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old news, They do have big dogs and little dogs, and human bipedal walkers and on and on... the droid armies are in the begining stages...Five bucks says civilian forces will use them more than military forcesJim Crow America relegated Blacks to the back of buses. Israel wants Arabs excluded from the bus entirely.
Mar 7th, 2012 3:30 PM #5But they are getting there. We've been taking leaps and bounds in recent years in regards to technology. I feel before the end of this decade...I aggressively attack stupidity... If you feel I am being aggressive, well....
May 1st, 2012 6:03 PM #6
I don't see the point of it. That thing'd be so easy to knock-out with countermeasures, it's unreal.
May 1st, 2012 6:25 PM #7
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Your looking at a civilian take down bot.... WHy risk a pigs life.... why risk a dogs life... why risk life>? Send in the 50 mile an hour cheetah bot to run over a perp or whatever...Especially in encampments like occupy pop up cities!!! Send in the cheetah drop a few cans of gas pull out the Cheetah
I can totally see the tactile love affair with this thing...
Speaking of love affairs
BLU-RAY WHERE ART THOUGH!!!Jim Crow America relegated Blacks to the back of buses. Israel wants Arabs excluded from the bus entirely.
May 1st, 2012 7:30 PM #8I don't see the point of it. That thing'd be so easy to knock-out with countermeasures, it's unreal.I aggressively attack stupidity... If you feel I am being aggressive, well....
May 2nd, 2012 3:27 AM #9
May 3rd, 2012 3:40 AM #10
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This is an interesting development. Of course such things will first be used by the military of any country, but soon enough they will be used by movers, in warehouses, shops selling huge items (like IKEA).
A robot on wheels is useful, but its use is restricted. A robot that can walk, now that is interesting.
Expect this to pop up in civilian applications in a few years.
May 8th, 2012 4:55 PM #11
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