posted on Mar, 4 2011 @ 06:51 PM
Straight out of a Terminator movie! What do ATS members think of this story?
Sorry I couldn't upload the rather cool photo.
Article from Gizmag website.
It would be scary to be chased by a military robot. It would also be scary to be chased by a cheetah. So, imagine what it would be like to have a
military robotic cheetah sprinting after you. Such a scenario could one day be possible, as robotics company Boston Dynamics recently announced that
America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded it a contract to design and build such a ... critter. The contract also
includes the creation of an agile, bipedal humanoid robot. It's hard to say which one might ultimately be creepier.
The CHEETAH robot will reportedly have four legs, a flexible spine, an articulated head/neck, and perhaps a tail. It will be able to run faster than
any existing legged robot or human runner, make tight, zig-zagging turns in order to chase or evade, be able to accelerate very rapidly from a
standstill, and stop just as quickly.
The other robot, ATLAS, "will walk like a man, using a heel-to-toe walking motion, long strides and dynamic transfer of weight on each step,"
according to Boston Dynamics VP of Engineering Rob Playter. It will have a torso, two legs and two arms, although spookily enough, there's no mention
of a head. It will be able to turn sideways to squeeze through narrow passages, and use its hands for balance and support on rough terrain.