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Pentagon Robot Can Run Faster Than Usain Bolt

Posted: September 6, 2012 |   Comments

In its ongoing quest to develop a robot that can chase down human prey, The Department of Defense now has a robot that can run faster than the fastest human on the planet.

The quadruped robot, dubbed the CHEETAH, by developers Boston Dynamics Inc, recently set a new record as the fastest moving robot in the world by running at a speed of 28.3 miles per hour.

The robot smashed its own previous land speed record of 18 miles per hour, which was setonly six months ago.

Although still tethered to a treadmill and working from an off board power supply, the CHEETAH now moves faster than record setting sprinter Usain Bolt, who reached a peak speed of 27.78 mph over a 20-meter stretch during a 100-meter sprint in 2009. The feat is still recognized as the world speed record for a human.

The technology is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military.

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