Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

Darpa Cheetah Robot Sets Speed Record, Time to Run, Time to Hide

 |  |  |  |  |  |  |  March 6, 2012


Those mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) won’t be happy until we are all hunted down by their creations. Working towards this goal, some of their robot animals are getting way faster than you or I can run. The latest, called Cheetah, can run at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.

cheetah_darpa_fastest_running_robot

This beats the 1989 legged robot speed record of 13.1 miles per hour. The bot is part of DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program, and was created by Boston Dynamics. To put things in perspective, a real flesh and blood cheetah can reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour. I’m not sure about Chester Cheetah. Thank God this robot hasn’t reached those speeds yet. However, they did use some real Cheetah tricks in making this one run.

The key was to get the coordination between the flexing of the back and the swinging of legs just right, so that the system is stable. Then they had to adjust the separation between the legs for the gallop and the pace. They also flex the robot’s back for better speed. Now imagine this thing running and chasing you down the street. This is our future. Thanks DARPA.

[DARPA via Geekosystem]



Lawns: Crimes Against the Ground

Lawns: Crimes Against the Ground

How Big Are Black Holes?

How Big Are Black Holes?

Gliding to the Alps

Gliding to the Alps

Hands-on with the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s Super Cruise Tech

Hands-on with the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s Super Cruise Tech

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric Combines Classic Style with Electric Power

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric Combines Classic Style with Electric Power

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

Subaru Will Reveal the New 2022 WRX on August 19

Advertisement