Boston Dynamics funded by DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program have released videos of their new robot “Cheetah” which can gallop at 18 miles per hour (30 kph)! This sets the land speed record for legged robots.
Notice how the robot flexes its back while running just like living quadrupeds. Compare this with the video below of a living Cheetah…
While still a far cry from the 70 mph top speed of a living Cheetah, this robot lives up to the punch line of that old joke: I don’t have to run faster than the bear, I just have to run faster than you!
The quadcopters make a dramatic entrance with smoke and lights, and then proceed to perform. The musical instruments include the keyboard, drums, maracas and a cymbal. A guitar built from a couch frame is also played by the quadcopters flying over the guitar strings and dragging wires across them. The quadcopters play the key board by hovering over various landing pads each of which is attached to the keyboard keys.
Wanna make a robot?
Why not make it as big and scary as possible?
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan has developed some amazing dinosaur robots that can actually walk around and trample small children (and adults!) underfoot!
Who ever said you needed real dinosaurs to bring on all the trouble of Jurassic Park?
Bring it on! WestWorld Prehistoric Style!
NASA’s Robonaut 2 (robotic astronaut), which is called R2 for short, was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2011. Last week, R2 came to life and greeted Commander Dan Burbank with the first “man-robot” handshake in space.
First Robonaut-Astronaut Handshake
R2 can controlled by telepresence either from Earth or from the ISS. R2 runs on 38 PowerPC processors and has over 350 sensors which makes it extremely dextrous and able to sense its surroundings.
The Universal Jamming Grippers consists of a balloon filled with sand or coffee grounds. When slightly inflated it can wrap itself around an object. Then when the air is removed the balloon tightens its grip and holds tight.
Universal Jamming Grippers in Action Picking up a Glass of Water
In keeping with the thread of creepy androids, meet ‘Repliee R-1’ an android made at Osaka University. It was designed after a five-year old girl, and has flexible silicone skin with 50 sensors and motors.
It seems like there is something really wrong with this girl…