Meet Cheetah. The Robot That Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt
Most of the robots we usually see are adorable non-threatening humanoids. There move slow and awkwardly and have trouble running and staying on their feet if they pick up the pace. When watching videos of robots trying to simply walk up a set of stairs it looks like it will be decades before robots will have any semblance of real mobile ability.
Boston Dynamics however has moved way beyond the awkward phase and to say its robots are entering the realm of mobility is seriously underestimating their abilities. It is designing robots that can really display a sense of mobility to move around terrains that equals and exceeds our own.
Cheetah Robot is a fast-running robot that is developed by Boston Dynamics. It just blazed past its previous speed record, getting up to 28.3 mph, about 0.5 mph faster than Usain Bolt’s fastest 20 meter split. This version of the Cheetah Robot runs on a treadmill with offboard power.
The interesting feature about Cheetah is the way it is designed. The way the legs are positioned amplify its ability to run fast and stay steady and do so at varying speeds. The latter is a feature lacking with many robots that have been and still are being designed. Here’s hoping that Google will be spending a lot of cash into this amazing development.