Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and also Boston Dynamics have revealed a legged robot that's actually much faster compared to Olympic champion Usain Bolt. The Cheetah lately broke its very own land speed record of 18 mph , running a 20-meter split at 28 .3 mph, much faster compared to the world record for a human set in 2009 when Usain Bolt achieved a maximum speed of 27.78 mph. 

However that achievement is included with a word of caution, DARPA admitted in a news release. The robot had some advantage over Bolt, due to the fact that Cheetah ran on a treadmill machine which supplied the equivalent of a 28.3 mph tail wind flows. Even, the majority of the machine's power was utilized to swing and raise its legs fast enough to attain its quick pace, not to propel itself forward, the agency claimed. Under development in the Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program by Boston Dynamics, the animalistic robot is based on the world's fastest mammal. 

DARPA’s Cheetah is mainly utilized to contribute to emergency response, humanitarian assistance and other defense missions, a robot need to negotiate difficult terrain. Most rough-terrain robots use wheels or tracks to ride over bumps; however, the most difficult terrain demands the use of legs, as legs can step over both high obstacles and deep ditches. But coordinating the swing and lift of mechanical legs is more difficult than making wheels turn or tracks roll, and previous legged robots have been slow compared to wheeled or tracked ones. DARPA is working to create legged robots that don’t sacrifice speed for mobility on rough terrain. 
Via: pcmag.com


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