The researchers at MIT have developed a new robot which they claim to be the fastest robot ever built.
The scientists have named the new robot ‘’Cheetah” taking inspirations from the fastest animal on land cheetah that can run as fast as 60 miles per hour.
The developers, however, clarify that the 70-pound robot does not look like a cheetah in its appearance but only share similar qualities of running with the fastest pace.
Just like the animal ‘cheetah’ the robot with the same name can run fast, jump over obstacles without slowing down and even run silently.
The best part is that the MIT’s big-cat-inspired robot is able to run free without any support, thanks to some serious upgrades that have remarkably improved its skills. Researchers say a new algorithm allows it run on its own and bound in a peppy manner while navigating the terrain of a grass lawn. The robot is able to run continuous for two hours without any break.
The developers also released a demonstration video showing the robot running across grass just like the animal cheetah and then demonstrating its new jumping skills by bounding upwards.
The custom-made electric motors allow the robo-cheetah to propel forward and upward while keeping up a light weight.
The MIT researchers are hopeful of numerous benefits of their creation. They say the robo-cheetah can be used in rescue operations in order to track down humans at the time of a natural disaster. At the time of natural crisis, the robot can contribute immensely to the rescue workers by making their job easier and more effective.
Currently, the robo-cheetah can only run up to 10 miles per hour during an obstacle course. But developers say there is always scope for improvement. According to MIT researchers, they will soon work on increasing the running speed of the robots by as much as 30 miles per hour.