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This robotic raptor can outpace Usain Bolt

This Robotic Raptor Can Outpace Usain Bolt

New advances in robot locomotion - are taking their cues from some very old animals.

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have created a bipedal robot inspired by the velociraptor.

WINK reports, "The raptor, as it's called, has been clocked at 28 miles an hour on a treadmill. Look at that thing go. That's faster than Olympic record holder Usain Bolt, the fastest known human."

Instead of claws, the robot stands and runs on a set of carbon composite legs. It even has springs that act as tendons to recapture energy with each step it takes.

IEEE Spectrum explains just like the real raptor, the robot can use an optional tail to increase its stability and more easily handle obstacles.

But while the raptor is already fast enough to run down any human it might develop a taste for, it's not quite the fastest thing on robotic legs.

That honor still goes to Boston Dynamics ' Cheetah, a four-legged cat-based robot that has clocked 29.2 miles an hour in the lab.

Human-style robotic runners haven't managed to keep up. A robotic set of legs from the University of Michigan called Mabel has the gait down, but tops out at 6.8 miles per hour.

In the meantime, the researchers working on the Raptor want to improve its stability at high speeds, and eventually cut the cable and let it run free.

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stirewalt9 May 31 2014 at 11:24 AM

And why do we need robots that can run that fast. Law enforcement maybe. A little scary if you asked me, just one advance in Artificial Intelligence and the next thing you know their running us down. Does nobody think scenarios like Terminator are possible. I bet Henry Ford didn't think a car could park and drive itself either.

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joseph.venenga stirewalt9 May 31 2014 at 2:27 PM

to hunt people down...thats why

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iggles7561 joseph.venenga May 31 2014 at 9:13 PM

Not a bad idea if the ones being hunted down are the enemy and better to risk them than soldiers

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potmind stirewalt9 June 01 2014 at 1:38 AM

In war time, a robot is far more expandable than a snot nosed kid just out of boot camp.

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qurkyzvytz potmind June 01 2014 at 2:37 AM

So when you are in foxhole with the bad guys coming your way, which would you rather have for your battle buddy, the snotty nosed kid out of boot camp, or the expendable robot?

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Kurtis Erikson May 31 2014 at 11:19 AM

This thing can achieve those speeds because it doesn't carry it's own power source. What makes living things remarkable is their mobility, balance, and endurance. The power to weight ratio is key. It would be very difficult to replicate that with a machine unless you had an efficient energy source that didn't weigh much.

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anitajordan2 Kurtis Erikson May 31 2014 at 2:36 PM

Exactly,,,,attach a battery with enough juice to power this thing and it would have the speed of a snail.

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johnny May 31 2014 at 7:28 PM

Guess were going to need to run alot faster in the future. I wonder what from??????????

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potmind johnny June 01 2014 at 1:39 AM

We will need to run faster than politicians in need of campaign funds.

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dollars4deals May 31 2014 at 4:53 PM

He runs like I used to when chased by the cops.

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oujoou May 31 2014 at 5:44 PM

Science is way behind what can be imagined. Most people would think . . .duh . . . that's obvious. I think it's because no one is at the right job. They're all doing someone else's work. You have an occupation known as 'engineer.' They come up with things like robotic legs. Isn't an engineer the guy who tugs on the choo choo horn? A lot of people think Obama is not the President. THEY are. I'm confused. I want to be a HAND that pats people on the back for doing NOTHING. AND get paid more than the richest man in the world. :) Karate CHOP!!! :(

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jalden4 oujoou June 01 2014 at 1:26 AM

Indeed. the people in power currently keep that power and generate more of a wealth disparity with every passing day by exploiting the majority of the populace... If people were free to focus their time and energy on anything they wanted to with the goal of improving the world and the human race instead of simply to make as much money as possible, there would be a great influx of shared ideas and innovations and we would be well ahead of where we are now, with companies limiting the ability of others to use 'patented' ideas. With the robotic technology available today, 90% of jobs could be done without people, and thus, people everywhere would not 'need' to work, if basic living costs were taken care of for everyone. Some who choose to work would still be able to make extra money to do with as they choose, and the non-robotic-able work would still easily be able to be covered.

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potmind jalden4 June 01 2014 at 1:44 AM

Hey, I gave up inventing things for it enriched others. Every time I was shot down by accountants, lawyers and insurers for my ideas as being too expensive, sophisticated, any excuse will do... and the Japanese/Chinese/Koreans came up with it the year after, using the patent application found in the Patent Gazette published weekly by the Commerce Dep't.

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maxcranium May 31 2014 at 6:48 PM

Everything is going from science, to sci-fi.
Lets build more things that can kill us!

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Ahamed Shaheer May 31 2014 at 4:50 PM

one day will make a robo Army to rule the world ha ha i will be the king
i'm not lieing i'm dead true

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Brian Hope Ahamed Shaheer June 01 2014 at 12:25 AM

Better still, send in the clones.

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emmett May 31 2014 at 11:00 PM

This reminds me of an erector-set I had in my youth. You could build things but were limited by an electric motor. This robotic example in it's very early stages doesn't give to much of an indication of the final product which would be without cables and driven by remote control similar to our drones. I have a feeling this product has been finalized but for national security reasons we will never get a glimpse of it .

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BRUCE June 01 2014 at 5:14 AM

That's 28 mph in it's present form. Load it down with weaponry, ammo, and protective armor and maybe not so fast. But even at a slower pace this could be a devastating machine..one day computers will rule the world. Artificial intelligence may have reached the point of programs being able to repair themselves...now add that ability to robotics and things could get scary.

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gixx1300r May 31 2014 at 5:25 PM

Have these people not watched any of the Terminator movies?

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potmind gixx1300r June 01 2014 at 1:45 AM

That is where they likely got the ideas. There are better ways of inventing.

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