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OutRunner Robot Can Run 20mph

by Shane McGlaun
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Eventually we will have to bow down to our robot overlords. We already know that robots of the future will be able to do just about everything that we can do. They will be stronger and faster than us as well. A team of scientists from Robotics Unlimited have developed a new robot that is called the OutRunner that they say is the fastest all-terrain robot in the world.

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The robot is able to reach speeds of 20 mph and can run for up to two hours per charge. It’s a small robot weighing less than three pounds and less than 2-feet-tall. It uses three or more spring-loaded legs on each side of a motor that spin in time.

But this thing isn’t rolling along like a wheel. It’s legs are timed so that only one leg is on the ground at a time, just as humans and animals run. Since there’s kinetic energy at play here, that’s part of why it can run for so long compared to motorized robots.

It’s unclear exactly what the developers have in mind for this robot, but it looks like it might be packed with explosives and allowed to run down escaping humans in some future machine war.

For now, they’re leaving it up to consumers to figure out what to do with it, as the robot is going into production – assuming it raises enough funds via its current Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of $249(USD) will get you an OutRunner kit, while $299 will get you the basic 10mph variant, and $799 will get you the top-of-the-line model which can hit 20mph and has an on board camera among other bells and whistles.

[via CBS News]

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