'Cheetah' sets land speed record for legged robots

Summary:Created by Boston Dynamics and funded by DARPA, Cheetah is allegedly now the fastest legged robot on the planet.

Eighteen miles per hour may not win the 100 meter sprint at the Olympics, but it's pretty impressive for a legged robot that's bio-inspired by a cheetah.

The Cheetah Robot is being developed by Boston Dynamics, with funding from DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program, which seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capability.

The video below shows the robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for (four) legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.

Via SmartPlanet

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