Thursday, 13 September 2012

US military develops 'robotic cheetah' faster than Usain Bolt

The Pentagon-funded machine set a new land speed record for four-legged robots after it clocked 28mph on a treadmill.

It makes the 'cheetah' quicker than the world's fastest man Bolt, who reached a speed of 27.8mph to set a new 100m world record in 2009.

The machine was designed by Boston Dynamics which is developing a range of military robots being funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

'Achieving 28mph on the treadmill is quite a challenge and accomplishment, for which I commend our robotics team,' explained chief robotics scientist Dr Alfred Rizzi.

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