Robot Roundup

Robo-Cheetah sets robot land speed record

John Moe Mar 6, 2012

With funding from DARPA, the Massachusetts company Boston Dynamics has made a robot that can run faster than any other robot. Robo-Cheetah (because what else would you call it?) can run up to 18 miles per hour and it doesn’t have a head because it doesn’t need one. It’s just a headless robot cheetah running around. It’s still a far cry from the 75 miles per hour that an actual cheetah can achieve so any cheetah reading this memo will be relieved to know that it is not being replaced by a robot any time soon. Though any cheetah has to feel a bit insulted that its head is seen as extraneous.

As for what you can actually DO with a headless robotic cheetah, perhaps on a battle field (DARPA is a military agency after all), no one seems to know. But then again: super fast headless cheetah robot!

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