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Four-legged, DARPA-funded, running war robot unveiled (VIDEO)

Published time: October 05, 2013 01:35
Edited time: October 06, 2013 18:02
screenshot from youtube video by BostonDynamics

screenshot from youtube video by BostonDynamics

Developers at Boston Dynamics, an engineering company specializing in robotics, have released video of an untethered robot capable of standing and mobilizing on its own.

WildCat is a four-legged outdoor runner capable of rising, turning, and reaching running speeds up to 16 mph on flat ground.

WildCat is a close cousin to Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah, another quadrupedal robot that was unveiled a year ago, running at speeds over 28 mph on a treadmill - quicker than world’s fastest man Usain Bolt's top speed of 27.78 mph. However, unlike WildCat, Cheetah was connected to a power source.

The runner carries a large - and very loud - motor to operate its four limbs, though the weight hampers its speed and agility.

Boston Dynamics has not detailed what is next for WildCat, but it is known to have been developed for military use, as the project is part of the Maximum Mobility and Manipulation Program funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.


Comments (56)

 

Tory 26.08.2014 13:40

DARPA now has what they call Artificial Intelligence drones that enter our homes without notice and fire weapons at us. They are not seen by our naked eyes, but the pain that they cause is unbearable. i focus Zero Point Energy at them and eventually God destroys them. I have been told they cost $6 mil a piece. The war crimes committed against daily is horrific and revolting.

 

John Sayar 04.08.2014 20:36

Mr Vision 09.07.2014 06:13

The robot is a nice idea. Not only for military purposes even.

But, the darn robot makes so much noise that any enemy can hear you coming from 10 miles ahead....

  


just imgaine a stealth mission the guards just guarding as usually and then a loud buzzing sound happens may be good decoy through... .

 

Mr Vision 09.07.2014 06:13

The robot is a nice idea. Not only for military purposes even.

But, the darn robot makes so much noise that any enemy can hear you coming from 10 miles ahead....

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