(Image Source: PC World/Boston Dynamics)

 

BY LEAH BECERRA

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO


It’s a cheetah, it’s an insect. No, it’s just another one of the U.S. government’s advanced defense research agency, or DARPA, robot videos let loose on the web. What makes this robot special? It can run 18 mph. That beats out the old land-speed robot record of 13.1 mph set in 1989. And makes it a lot faster than most humans. 

The video went viral, and The New York Times rounded up reactions.

“Terrifying, or cool? Darpa's new robotic cheetah can run faster than a man. Imagine having that coming after you…”

“18mph never looked so terrifying.”

“Which do you fear more, Skynet or the Matrix? Well, one's coming closer to reality.”

 
The bot’s speed is unique in that it is literally cat-like. The Guardian explains:

“It increases its stride and running speed by flexing and unflexing its back with each step in the same way a real cheetah does.”

Also, just like a real cheetah, this robot has agility. Here’s Wired.

“…in addition to high speeds, the agency notes that Cheetah is being designed to ‘zigzag to chase and evade.’”

So far this speed machine has only been able to strut its stuff on a treadmill, but there are plans to let the cat out of the bag and into the wild later this year.

Speedy Robotic Cheetah: Scary or Awesome?

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Mar 7, 2012

Speedy Robotic Cheetah: Scary or Awesome?

(Image Source: PC World/Boston Dynamics)

 

BY LEAH BECERRA

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO


It’s a cheetah, it’s an insect. No, it’s just another one of the U.S. government’s advanced defense research agency, or DARPA, robot videos let loose on the web. What makes this robot special? It can run 18 mph. That beats out the old land-speed robot record of 13.1 mph set in 1989. And makes it a lot faster than most humans. 

The video went viral, and The New York Times rounded up reactions.

“Terrifying, or cool? Darpa's new robotic cheetah can run faster than a man. Imagine having that coming after you…”

“18mph never looked so terrifying.”

“Which do you fear more, Skynet or the Matrix? Well, one's coming closer to reality.”

 
The bot’s speed is unique in that it is literally cat-like. The Guardian explains:

“It increases its stride and running speed by flexing and unflexing its back with each step in the same way a real cheetah does.”

Also, just like a real cheetah, this robot has agility. Here’s Wired.

“…in addition to high speeds, the agency notes that Cheetah is being designed to ‘zigzag to chase and evade.’”

So far this speed machine has only been able to strut its stuff on a treadmill, but there are plans to let the cat out of the bag and into the wild later this year.

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