US military unveils `animal-like` galloping robot
Boston Dynamics has reportedly unveiled its latest creation funded by the US military -a four legged `animal-like` machine called 'WildCat' that bounds and gallops across the ground
The video of the robot shows the animal-like machine running at 16mph on flat surfaces, and Boston Dynamics’ YouTube page states that WildCat will be eventually able to run quickly over all types of terrain.
According to Fox News, the WildCat is a free-running version of one of Boston Dynamics’ earlier quadruped creations called Cheetah, a frighteningly fast robot that could sprint on a treadmill 0.5 mph faster than the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.
The WildCat, as part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program, seeks to overcome the current limitations of ground robots in terms of agility.
Boston Dynamics has previously built a four-legged, headless ‘LS3’ robotic mule that can carry up to 400 pounds of equipment for soldiers on a 20-mile-long trek without refueling, the report added.