Cheetah: New Fastest Legged Robot Hits 18-MPH

March 6, 2012


Because a legged robot that can run faster than anybody but the quickest sprinters is something that should exist, DARPA and Boston Dynamics are happy to announce their new Cheetah robot can gallop at up to 18-MPH, shattering the previously record of 13.1-MPH, which was already more than fast enough to catch and kill you any day of the weak. Weak -- get it? YOU WILL SUCCUMB TO THEM.

The robot's movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and un-flexing its back on each step, much as an actual cheetah does.

The current version of the Cheetah robot runs on a laboratory treadmill where it is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill. Testing of a free-running prototype is planned for later this year.

Wonderful news, really. As if wheeled robots weren't enough to worry about, now we're gonna have weaponized robotic f***ing cheetahs running around. One thing's for certain: I am NOT going back to the zoo. "I thought you were already banned for yelling at all the animals to 'do it'." Ugh, I never got the sex talk growing up, okay?!

Hit the jump for a video of Cheetah getting up to speed.

DARPA's Cheetah Sets a Land-Speed Record for Running Robots [popsci]

Thanks to Euan, geekchic, eazie, Global and Randolph, who have already signed up for tree-climbing classes.

  • RDarker

    Put some bayonets on it.

  • RareAwesomeman

    these things are going to eat a lot of good people from the resistance

  •'s pretty creepy, but with fake skin and machine guns on it's back and it's ready to "KILL ALL HUMANS!"

  • Doug Eldridge

    utterly terrifying.

  • Girgear

    Just add quadcopters to it and we're all set for armageddon!

  • It'd be a whole lot more impressive if it were actually carrying its power source. As is, it can only run on a treadmill.

  • grimbldoo

    If our legs were positioned like that then we could go pretty fast.

  • Guest

    That is pretty fast, may be good for delivery means. Oh, and on another note it looks more like a giant headcrab than a cheetah.

  • SUCH a fan of Boston Dynamics... when I become a rich investor someday I'll be able to rule the world through Big Dog and Cheetah robots! HA! :D

  • JeffreySpur

    remember: antennas 

  • n_a_a_s

    I have one of those fancy catalog dough mixing machines that looks a lot like this cheetah, ironically the dough machine runs off every once in awhile too

  • Callam Macalister

    looks like its running backwards

  • Guest

    Pretty sure this will kill all of us

  • Guyllaume Maheu

    Welcome the ancestor of  Ravage !

  • It uses knife for legs...

  • Geekologie

    don't even joke about it.

  • Charles Whelan

    That is a nightmare

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