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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 (54)


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....


Ivan888 09.07.2014 02:15

mergon 12.12.2013 12:48

One length of wire two pieces of metal tied on each end ,swing over head aim for its legs and let it go ,bingo stone age VS the chip age !


Good idea.
Wonder how long it'll last with that high rpm lawnmower/motorcycle engine


mergon 01.02.2014 10:41

What we are looking at here is the start of the war of the machines ,just 1 drone can replace many humans as is happening all over America with more to come.
land crabs like the 1 in the photo are efficient killing machines ,in the bigger picture resources are running out and the new wars are for water,land and minerals and machines like these are the perfect weapon to instill fear and when backed up by drones they will get the job done without loss of human life !
What they have started however is the rise of the machines ,what was science fiction is fast becoming science fact !

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