Whenever Boston Dynamics releases a video of one of its new robots, it’s an event. The company’s introduction to its latest creation, WildCat, was no exception — a clip posted yesterday on YouTube has already racked up more than a half-million views.
WildCat is seen bounding through a parking lot in the video, and unlike its first-generation cousin — the Cheetah robot — it isn’t tethered to an off-board power source. The company says the video represents the robot’s best performance to date: 16 mph on flat terrain. The record for a legged robot is still held by Cheetah, however, which has surpassed 29 mph.
Both robots were developed with funding from DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program. You can see WildCat in action for yourself below:
[ photo courtesy of Boston Dynamics ]