March 6, 2012
Unless you're an elite athlete and hold the world record in sprinting, don't race the new four-legged "Cheetah" robot.
Cheetah can run at 18 miles per hour on a treadmill and for this amazing feat, it set the new land speed record for legged robots, Reuters reported.
The previous record was set in 1989 when a two-legged robot ran at 13.1 mph.
Not many humans could beat either robot, but Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could. He holds the world record for fastest 100-meter sprint at 27.79 mph, Mashable reported. Since Prince Harry fared so well in a "race" against Bolt on Tuesday, one can only wonder how the British royal would fare against the robots — the prince would need a false start though.
Boston Dynamics developed the insanely fast robot with funding from the military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Watch Cheetah run:
Robotics scientists said the next goal for Cheetah will be to see how fast it can run outdoors.
Many of us may not ever be able to beat Cheetah (don't feel too bad), but still, how do you increase your speed? Tell us in the comments section below!
By the American Council on Exercise