This sprinter is quite literally Usain-Bolted! A Cheetah Robot funded by the US military has set a new sprint record for legged robots reaching a speed of 28.3 mph. This Cheetah Robot has fine taste. As of now, this Robot runs only in a straight line when plugged into power, only on a treadmill.
The Boston Dynamics the firm that has brought this robotic cheetah to life were able to achieve this speed in a 4 legged robot by refining algorithms and back motions coordinating the robot’s leg and increasing the installed power.
The firm is also revealed that it is developing various types of military robots funded by US government agency DARPA. Robotic experts reveal, mechanical animals will be used in the future to carry supplies for troops at various war locations and will also be sent into battle when required.
Providing an insight about speed of the robotic cheetah, Chief Robotics Scientist at Boston Dynamics, Dr. Alfred Rizzi, said “Achieving 28 mph on the treadmill is quite a challenge and accomplishment, for which I commend our robotics team. But our real goal is to create a robot that moves freely outdoors while it runs fast. We are building an outdoor version that we will call Wildcat that should be ready for testing next year”. The firm conceded “Bolt is still the superior athlete”.