Skip to comments.Robot Designed to Run Like a Velociraptor; Korea's 'Raptor' Speed Rivals Usain Bolt's
Posted on 05/31/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a new sprinting robot inspired by a velociraptor.
The robot, dubbed the Raptor, runs on two legs, and is capable of running 46 kilometers per hour (kph), or 28 miles per hour (mph), on a treadmill, according to CNET.
Raptor can run faster than Usain Bolt, Olympic sprinter and the fastest known human, who has a recorded top speed of 44.7kph (27.44 mph). The robot is almost as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, which can run at 47kph (29.3 mph).
Both Raptor and Cheetah are kept steady by an attached beam, which also keeps them from running off the treadmill, Discovery News reported.
While Cheetah runs on four legs and is powered by hydraulic actuators, Raptor weighs 3 kilograms, and its legs are made of lightweight composite material. Another difference between the two robots is that Raptor has a tail to give it balance.
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Thats great, what else does it do?
Got to start somewhere. First objective mobility, next enhanced functionality.
robovelociraptor....what could possibly go wrong?
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Hehe, I for one, welcome my robot velociraptor overlords.
Great. Only one person on earth is possibly capable of outrunning it.
I’m sure that a handful of small ball bearings in it’s path of pursuit would render it on it’s Velociputushi and harmless pretty quick.
And it would be just my luck if attacked by one of these to be walking with Usain Bolt.
“Our new ‘Raptor’ will be used only in dangerous situations where police officers could not survive, such as toxic gas clouds and fires.” — Press release from your State Police ten years from now
“The death of 80-year-old Sara Smith is regrettable. Apparently, our information that a drug dealer was living in this house was incorrect. But let me repeat: the use of the ‘Raptor’ in this situation did not violate any department policies.” — Statement from your State Police SWAT commander ten years plus one month from now
Seems slow. The only objective test would be to Jurassic Park a real velociraptor and try it out against Usain Bolt.
The White House has a robot designed to throw a baseball like a girl . . .
THIS is how a running bot should look like. the fluidity of motion is spot on
If I had a tail, I’d be king of the forest.
It is connected to a boom. Now the Big Dog, slower but navigates over things, jumps, recovers from slips and the in lab tests use a tether with slack. No this is balance assisting by a boom, taking a huge part of the actual running equation out.
Gen 1. Just wait a few years.
“The robot is almost as fast as ... the cheetah.”
That’s hard to believe. Cheetahs never win.