Sprinting robot outpaces Usain Bolt and hits 45.5 km/h (Video)

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    Sep 13, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    Slightly terrifying especially if you combine this with some of the other videos of robots that Boston Dynamics has out there.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/09/sprinting-robot-outpaces-usain.html



    Machines have overtaken humans in yet another activity. Sprinting has gone the way of quiz shows, driving and mining now that a robot has run faster than Usain Bolt.

    Five months after setting the land speed record for a robot with legs, Boston Dynamics's Cheetah has outstripped the fastest of humans, clocking 45.5 kilometres (28.3 miles) per hour over a 20-metre stretch.

    That's a shade faster than Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. He set the land-speed record for a human back in 2009 by running 44.7 km/h over a 20-metre stretch during the 100-metres final of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany.

    Much like a real cheetah, the robot uses a short, hopping gait at low speeds before increasing its stride and pace by flexing its back with each step.

    But it doesn't take much insight to see that Bolt is still streets ahead of the robot competition in every way that matters. Cheetah ran its time on a treadmill, and needs a tether to supply power and keep it upright, something Usain Bolt does without.
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    Does not count since it is not an autonomous robot. Power source and intelligence must be on- board to make a fair comparison.
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    1. That thing is fucking frightening to look at.

    2. Can it run without a treadmill propelling it?
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidDoes not count since it is not an autonomous robot. Power source and intelligence must be on- board to make a fair comparison.


    This could be the response to your skepticism... be afraid... icon_wink.gif

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    More here -
    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/09/12/animals-inspire-new-breed-of-war-robots/
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    I've remember there being a more life like robot 4yrs ago.

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    Sep 14, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    And one day it will all lead to this...icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 14, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Eat that, Jamaica