WATCH: This robotic cat bolts faster than sprinter Usain
Meet this four-legged robot which can reportedly run faster than the famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
And it's stealthy too. Well, sort of.
Apparently the only noise that this new creation makes is the sound of its metal feet touching the ground. Mechanical engineer Kim Sangbae from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said the robot was created to help fire departments in disaster response,
(MIT researchers have dubbed the running-and-jumping robot Cheetah 2, based on the fact that it can run really fast – up to 48km per hour, global news channel RT reported.
The researchers instilled into this gadget technology that's known to be used by competitive world-class sprinters.
The team participated in a Robotics challenge, a programme funded by the US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which helps disaster response as demand for US relief efforts rise.
DARPA is offering US$95 million (S$120 million) for entrants.
The robot's secret lies in a bounding algorithm developed by MIT’s mechanical and electronic engineers. Programmed into its legs, the technology exerts a certain amount of force when it hits the ground to maintain a given speed, the publication added.
The MIT team unveiled their invention at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems last week.
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Sources: RT and YouTube