May 152013

World's fastest Cheetah

The world’s fastest robot has now left the world’s fastest man behind.

Scientists at the world’s oldest vet college, the Royal Veterinary College, have studied the cheetah in the African wild for over five years, to create the world’s fastest robot.

Funded by the US military, the Robotic Cheetah has now beaten the fastest man Usain Bolt.

Speaking to TOI, RVC’s expert of locomotor biomechanics Alan Wilson said the robot has now clocked 29 miles per hour compared to Bolt’s speed of 27.

A real cheetah can clock 70 miles per hour.

Robot designers Boston Dynamics look to nature for inspiration for the design of dynamic free four legged robot.

Alan’s role in the Cheetah project was to study the animal in the wild and translate the mechanics of cheetah locomotion into engineering principles that can be used by robot designers.

Alan told TOI “we studied the cheetah’s speed for over five years to understand the basic principles of how animals run, remain stable and use their muscles. This would help make legged robots that are faster and more capable on varied terrain.”

Dr John R Hutchinson, professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics at RVC added “the cheetah robot can greatly help military technology. It can help create fast vehicles with manoeuvrability in all types of terrain. A machine inspired by this robot can one day outrun a normal soldier, or tank and even help in rescue and search operations.”

Dr Hutchinson adds that the battery on the collar were solar powered which helped scientists follow and study the cheetahs for years without a break.

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