Robotics has certainly come a long way over the years and with that came movies about the uprising of artificially intelligent robots controlled Skynet or GLaDOS using the ebuyer steam cleaners technology; in reality though, most humans have maintain the advantage of speed over these basic technological beings. That was until Boston Dynamics created a robotic cheetah that can even best Usain Bolt, whose name says it all as the world’s fastest human, in a foot race.
Boston Dynamics, with funds from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), has created a mechanical quadruped capable of going 28.3 miles per hour; this speed just nudges by Bolt’s record of 27.78 miles per hour and probably could beat most bicyclists as well. The ultimate goal for the project is to reach a max velocity of about 50 mph in the great outdoors; so far it’s been tethered to it’s little treadmill and has yet to see the light of day.
So progress is now upon us and our last hope of survival has been beaten by a beta version of the world’s fastest land animal. Could the Cheetah has great potential in emergency situations and military applications? Let us know your thoughts on this incredible new technology in the comments and enjoy the video of the Cheetah proving its record.
[via Boston Dynamics]
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