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US military`s latest weapon: Robot that gallops at 25 km/h

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 21:22

Washington: US scientists have developed a new four-legged robot called WildCat that gallops at 25 km/h on flat ground and will aid military and rescue operations.

The robot was built by Boston Dynamics, a technology company founded by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A new video shows off the robot`s ability to run on flat surfaces but the machine is expected to eventually be able to run quickly over all types of terrain.

WildCat is a free-running version of one of Boston Dynamics` earlier quadruped creation called Cheetah, a super fast robot that could sprint, on a treadmill at least, up to 45.5 km/h - faster than Usain Bolt, the world`s fastest man.

Though WildCat is slower than its predecessor for now, it is untethered.

Wildcat is being developed as part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency`s (DARPA) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation, or M3, programme, which seeks to overcome the current limitations that ground robots face in terms of agility, `LiveScience` reported.

Boston Dynamics has also built a four-legged, headless `LS3` robotic mule that can carry up to 181 kg of equipment for soldiers on a 32 kilometres trek without refuelling.

First Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 21:22

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