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New robot can run faster than Usain Bolt

By T.K. Randall
June 4, 2014 · Comment icon 10 comments

The robot was tested out on a treadmill. Image Credit: YouTube / BMG KAIST
An amazing new bipedal robot from South Korea is able to run at a top speed of 28.58mph.
Known as the Raptor, the device was put together at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Its moniker is based on how it walks and balances itself in much the same way as its prehistoric namesake.

Constructed from special lightweight materials, the Raptor is the fastest two-legged robot in the world and is capable of reaching a speed exceeding that of Jamaican Olympic champion runner Usain Bolt.

The current record holder for the world's fastest robot is the four-legged Boston Dynamics Cheetah which is able to run at a speed of 29mph.



Source: Metro | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by StarMountainKid 10 years ago
Imagine hundreds of these super-fast evil robots let loose in a city chasing us down.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Leonardo 10 years ago
The robot is being supported - at least partially - by the boom connecting to it from the side, so no, it is not "running" as that implies an action free of external support.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
It might be faster than Usain Bolt but its got Oscar Pistorius' running shoes. Despite the unit being 'partially-supported' (buy essential power and data cables rather than a framework) I still found this very impressive, especially compared to some of the dubious articles with attention grabbing headlines floating around the web. As this technology improves and is coupled with other robot advancements I will ignore all the advantages this can offer mankind and start to enjoy the Robot Football World Cup a bit more (Robocup).
Comment icon #4 Posted by g00dfella 10 years ago
Imagine hundreds of these super-fast evil robots let loose in a city chasing us down. Until the batteries run out..
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
With my arthritis, the robots don't have to be that fast. I guess you can say I'm half-fast now.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Imagine hundreds of these super-fast evil robots let loose in a city chasing us down. Just don't let them in Marathon Runs
Comment icon #7 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
And, the organic cheetah is capable of 95 km/h, is elegance in motion, and has a personality that fostered a relationship with early peoples as a hunting partner. I'll take a purr over a rattle any day.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hobbit Feet 10 years ago
I'd like to see one on a bicycle.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ryu 10 years ago
Interesting. I liked how it kind of hopped or loped as it picked up speed however it would be nice to see how it performed without the support so they can demonstrated that rotor that acts as a "tail" for balance. Overall I thought it was coo..but then again I like good robotics like Japan's "Asimo" (spelling?) and the like.
Comment icon #10 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
Skynet will now have predatory dinosaurs to their roaster of killer machines.


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