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Cheetah Robot Sprints Faster Than Usain Bolt

Cheetah Robot Sprints Faster Than Usain Bolt
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Boston Dynamics and DARPA’s feline bot can sustain speeds of 28.3 mph and they plan to test an outdoor version early next year.

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 september 2012

The Cheetah Robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA has surpassed its previous speed record by getting up to 28.3 mph. This is 0.5 mph faster than Usain Bolt, who ran at a maximum speed of 27.78 mph during his 100-meter world record in 2009. Additionally, the robot is able to maintain this speed for as long as it has power.

Cheetah Robot Sprints Faster Than Usain Bolt

The current version of the Cheetah Robot runs on a high-speed treadmill with offboard power and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center. Early next year, the developers plan to begin testing an untethered outdoor version called WildCat (shown in the picture above), which will operate more naturally in the field. Check out the video below to see the Cheetah Robot in action:

Cheetah Robot

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