DARPA and Boston Dynamics unite for a “cheetah robot”
by Mark R
I have seen DARPA’s ideas for defense before, and they always seem to see far-out, right out of science fiction.
Take this particular robot cheetah. It clearly looks like the character Ravage from the Transformers. I think he had a cameo in the last live-action movie.
DARPA and Boston Dynamics are teaming up to create this particular and peculiar robot cheetah. They are shooting for a speed of 20 to 30 miles per hour. Just to put that into perspective, a real cheetah travels 60 to 70 miles per hour. Yeah, that is slower than a cheetah, but it is faster than a human.
Of course, what really makes this interesting is that “take tight corners so it can zigzag to chase or evade, and be able start and stop on a dime”. In other words, it will do the cool things that cheetahs can do, but not as fast.
Personally, this is always the limitations of robots, as they are always so robotic in motion. Normally, robots are so jerky, and I would be very impressed if they could capture even a fraction of the cheetah’s fluid motion.
According to my Source, the robot cheetah has a few high definition infrared cameras for eyes and radio antennas for ears.
We’ll see if this robot cheetah will fly, or, more accurately, run. DARPA is apparently giving Boston Dynamics 20 months for them to have a decent prototype. Let’s see if they meet this deadline.