This Velociraptor Robot Is Faster Than Usain Bolt!

By: | October 9th, 2014

Boston Dynamics recently unveiled a cheetah robot that was really fast…

Now, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s (KAIST) MSC Lab have Boston Dynamics playing catch up because their new Velociraptor robot is faster than the cheetah robot.

Designed after a dinosaur in the Velociraptor, KAIST’s new robot is lightweight, moves on two legs, and can run up to 28.5 mph on a treadmill!

For perspective:

The fastest human in the world is Usain Bolt who has been clocked at 27.44 mph for his top speed.

To put it simply, this Velociraptor robot is not only fast. It’s extremely fast!

The robot utilizes two flexible carbon-fiber prosthetic blades on lightweight legs, which have one motor apiece, a “tendon” of sorts to help reclaim energy as a kangaroo would in its movements, and tail to provide balance.

While some kinks still need to be worked out in testing, be on the lookout for a Roboraptor coming to an area near you in the future:

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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