New robotic cheetah leaps over hurdles

September 18, 2014 4:02 AM

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The cheetah is off the leash! Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built a four-legged robot that runs like the super-fast spotted feline and can even run on its own power, off a treadmill. The robot has now been filmed sprinting like a champ across grassy fields on the MIT university campus.

When tested on an indoor track, the robo-cheetah could run at a good clip of 16km per hour, and the researchers think that it could eventually reach speeds of 48km per hour. That still doesn't hold a candle to an actual cheetah, which can reach speeds of 96.5km per hour in a matter of seconds - but ...

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