The Pentagon’s Super-Fast Robot Now Runs On Its Own


DARPA unveiled Cheetah

A relative of Cheetah, say hello to WildCat. This robot is based on the same design as Cheetah, but doesn’t have the tethered power cable of its predecessor; instead, it has a large — and quite loud! — motor attached to it.

That extra weight does means it can’t quite match the pace — Cheetah can reach 45km/h, while WildCat can only manage 25km/h. But, hey, given that’s faster than most of us can run, it’s not too bad. And remember, WildCat can keep up that speed for as long as it motor runs, which humans definitely can’t.

Certainly, it’s fast enough to chase you, and perhaps catch you, and maybe even kill you. All without a wire in sight. We’re all going to die, guys. [Boston Dynamics via Engadget]