Quadruped “cheetah robot” runs 29 mph on a treadmill

September 7, 2012 | By Abraham | 7 comments

Researchers at Boston Dynamics push their speedy, 4-legged robotic creation past its limit in this demo. The machine keeps up with the accelerating treadmill until just under 30 miles an hour…

Now, I’m no scientist, but I have a suggestion that will make this invention twice as impressive and set it far beyond the abilities of any living organism: When they add the head, they should put it on the right end of the body (from the perspective of this video). That way, they’ll not only have a robot that runs 30 miles an hour — they’ll have a robot that runs 30 miles an hour backward.

(via Boing Boing)

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  1. Deson says:

    (While its very impressive – don’t get me wrong) As it has the swing arm holding it in place, I don’t think you can classify it as “running” – i.e. it is not actually propelling itself, it’s lifting and putting its feet down in pace with the belt, but the am to the side is holding it in place

  2. Jennifer Weston says:

    Cheetahs can do 60, so it’s not quite worthy of that name.

    Maybe they should re-christen this the Tiger Robot.

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