MIT’s new and improved Cheetah 3 quadruped robot gallops across rough terrain, climbs debris laden stairs, recovers from impact and leaps onto a desk – all without the aid of any visual sensors.
The most successful performance to date of Boston Dynamics’ Wildcat robot – funded by US military tech developer DARPA’s M3 programme – a wireless, free-roaming version of the headless Cheetah (which can run faster than Usain Bolt).
The prototype, which can bound, gallop, corner and reach a top speed of 16mph (25.7km/h), has a few minor teething troubles to sort out but should be ready to hunt down and kill all humans any day now.
Robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics sez:
BigDog handles heavy objects. The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm. This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots. Boston Dynamics is developing the control and actuation techniques needed for dynamic manipulation. The cinderblock weighs about 35 lbs and the best throw is a bit more than 17 ft. The research is funded by the Army Research Laboratory’s RCTA program.
Previously: Cheetahbot Catches Up
(Hat tip: Andrew Sheridan)
Boston Dynamics has improved the performance of its DARPA-funded quadruped robot over the last year.
It can run at 28.3mph now – 0.5mph faster than Usain Bolt.
An appropriate welcoming ceremony will be organised for our new Cheetahbot overlord once it leaves the treadmill and acquires a head.