Most Awesome Robots of 2012

Robotic Cheetah Beats Usain Bolt's Speed Record

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robot cheetah

credit: DARPA

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This galloping robot started out by reaching speeds of 18mph, smashing a previous record of 13.1mph for legged robots, set back in 1989. Months later, researchers pulled even more speed out of it. The "cheetah" was able to run a 20-meter split on the treadmill at 28.3 mph. That's 0.52 mph faster than Usain Bolt's world record of 27.78 mph over a 20-meter split, set in 2009!

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