Boston Dynamics engineers prep WildCat for an outdoor demonstration
WildCat can gallop at speeds up to 16 mph (25.7 km/h) on flat ground, faster than any other quadruped robot created to date
WildCat is being developed with funding from DARPA as part of its Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program
Here, WildCat loses its footing and nearly falls onto its back but manages to right itself
Cheetah, WildCat's prototype, managed even faster speeds, so its possible that WildCat will get even faster in the future
Unlike Cheetah, WildCat has to balance itself without the aid of a stabilizing boom arm and carries its own power source
Boston Dynamics' other major quadruped, the LS3, is being field tested in several locations across the United States
Here, the LS3 follows a human up a steep hill strewn with rocks
The LS3 has no problem going both up...
...and down rocky inclines, all while carrying 400 pounds (181 kg) of gear
The LS3 was tested in cold weather outside Boston Dynamics' headquarters
Here, the LS3 plows through a snow bank that comes up above its knees
Boston Dynamics, the company behind DARPA's most advanced legged robots such as PETMAN, BigDog, and Atlas, has unveiled the free-roaming version of their sprinting robot Cheetah. The new robot is called WildCat, and it's already galloping at speeds up to 16 mph (25.7 km/h) on flat ground. You don't want to miss the video tucked after the break.
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