Running war robot unveiled

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. Phone Post

Well, it may have just begun.

The video is pretty cool. I just don't know how to embed. Phone Post


This is the early beta test, probably the most interesting of the videos

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This is the early beta test, probably the most interesting of the videos

Ha! It took me a second on that one. Phone Post

That kind of creeps me out. Phone Post

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That kind of creeps me out. Phone Post

Its because it's starting to look like a natural creature. The more organic the looks and movement are the more uncomfortable it makes people feel.

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Kinda looks like that thing from Metal Gear Solid. Phone Post 3.0

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Malvert the Janitor - Phone Post 3.0

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Looks like my Corgi running with its relatively short and stiff legs. Phone Post 3.0

That has been out for awhile.

comming to an american law enforcement department near you. 

if all my years studying science fiction have told me anything.... it's that this is a bad idea