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SmashMouth 03-06-2012 10:53 AM

Bionic Cheetah
A cheetah robot funded by the U.S. military has broken the land speed record while running on a lab treadmill. Its robotic display of athleticism gives hope for new battlefield robots that could prove nimbler than existing robots on wheels or tanklike treads.
The cheetah robot's record-breaking sprint appeared in a new video posted by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today (March 5). Its top running speed of 18 mph (29 kph) is faster than the average human jogger, but still lags behind top human speeds of nearly 28 mph (45 kph) perhaps a relief for anyone fearing a world where robots can outrun their human overlords.

Such a performance also pales next to real-life cheetahs that represent the world's fastest land animal by reaching eye-watering speeds of 70 mph (112 kph). Still, the robot's ability to mimic the cheetah's natural stride by flexing and unflexing its back on each step allowed it to beat the previous record of 13.1 mph, set in 1989.

DARPA Cheetah Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots - YouTube

Read more: Robot cheetah sets new speed record | Fox News

saintfan 03-06-2012 12:56 PM

The Matrix is coming. Run for the hills!

SmashMouth 03-06-2012 03:42 PM


Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 383698)
The Matrix is coming. Run for the hills!

LOL... Resistance is futile ... join the Borg!

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