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Boston Dynamics' bio-inspired robot breaks land speed record

Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah robot has set a new land speed record for legged robots by running at speeds of up to 18mph (29km/h). The previous record was 13.1mph, set in 1989.

The bio-inspired robot, developed as part of DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) programme, is said to increase its stride and running speed by flexing and unflexing its back on each step, much like a cheetah.

Source: Boston Dynamics

Cheetah is a new robot being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation programme

The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill, where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the centre of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.

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  • I wonder how quick they could get it going if, following the prototype even more closely, they extended the legs to double the stride distance?

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  • very clever, but why?

    And why is it running backwards?

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  • @ Rob Chicken - do you need to ask why?

    Its DARPA funded, same as Big Dog, within a few years these robots will be taking the load off soldiers and possibly moving into unmanned fighting vehicle realms.

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