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World's Fastest Robot Runs Up to 45 Mph on a Treadmill

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on May 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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 World's Fastest Robot Runs Up to 45 Mph on a Treadmill

A six-legged robot developed by Florida-based Robotics Unlimited can run upto 45 miles per hour on a treadmill, and 25 miles per hour outdoors.

That beats previous records, by a lot: the legged robotics experts at Boston Dynamics have only gotten 16 miles an hour outdoors and 28.3 miles an hour on a treadmill.

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The team behind Robotics Unlimited is raising 150,000 dollars on Kickstarter in order to produce a small version of the OutRunner, which can reach up to 20 miles per hour, the Verge reported.

If they hit their goal, the creators say they want to host a global robot race in which anyone can enter.

OutRunner looks nothing like an animal, but it still emulates the way animals run by using the same step pattern and mass-to-length ratio.
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The robot's center of mass is lower than the axis of rotation, stabilizing it and eliminating the need for sensors and control algorithms to keep it upright.

As a result, OutRunner can run on grass, gravel, and down hills, as well as lean into curves around a track. The design even works with only four legs.

Source: ANI
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