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(YouTube)   Watch as the baseline model for future hunter-killer drones...err I mean the DARPA cheetah sets a land-speed record for quadruped robots at 18 miles per hour   (youtube.com) divider line 77
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2012-03-05 02:39:18 PM
This is how we will all be controlled people.
 
2012-03-05 02:42:40 PM
www.rankopedia.com
Somewhere, Val Kilmer just shiat himself.
 
2012-03-05 02:53:43 PM
That's quite the step up from their last project.

/and its earlier version
 
2012-03-05 02:57:26 PM
Boston Dynamics always has the kickass projects.

@MaxxLarge
They also have a bipedal robot called PETMAN.

spectrum.ieee.org
 
2012-03-05 03:05:08 PM
The sound that thing makes reminds me of an ancient diesel engine..

Listen for yourself (new window)
 
2012-03-05 03:05:17 PM

RexTalionis: Boston Dynamics always has the kickass projects.

@MaxxLarge
They also have a bipedal robot called PETMAN.

[spectrum.ieee.org image 450x670]


I heard it's really good at QWOP (new window)
 
2012-03-05 03:17:09 PM
HAHAHAHA! Jokes on them. Stupid thing is running backwards! HAHAHAHA!
 
2012-03-05 03:21:14 PM
i261.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-05 03:29:02 PM
Prototype
www.denofgeek.com
 
2012-03-05 03:29:43 PM
Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail
 
2012-03-05 03:32:41 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


I thought the tail was primarily for counterbalance when it's turning. Since this thing is running on a treadmill, I don't think a tail is absolutely necessary yet.
 
2012-03-05 03:33:33 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


www.prosportstickers.com
 
2012-03-05 04:30:51 PM
Kind looks like it's 'feet' are on backwards.
 
2012-03-05 04:32:58 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/Unimpressed
 
2012-03-05 04:35:18 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


They already have mechanical engineers, but I bet your advice would be well taken at their sister agency:
i290.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-05 04:37:44 PM
It looked more like a rabbit to me.
 
2012-03-05 04:38:17 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


I don't know about tails, but as the thing sped up, its spine flexed more. If you get up to . . . what . . . 75 mph? . . . I bet the flexion becomes more noticeable. Maybe the tail comes later, when they're ready to run it at higher speeds.
 
2012-03-05 04:46:34 PM
Excuse me while I strafe you with my back launchers.
t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-03-05 04:48:28 PM
Next they need to work on it climbing trees and eating people.

/I know cheetahs don't eat people but that's why the robotic version should be much better.
 
2012-03-05 04:48:33 PM
Yeah, they are never going to approach animal speed records until they that get past the "all four legs off the ground at once" stride that everything from horses on up has.

(Cheetah tails are for balance and steering, not so much for raw speed. Watch them make a turn, they whip that tail around to help get their back end into position.)
 
2012-03-05 04:49:38 PM

MoronLessOff: Excuse me while I strafe you with my back launchers.
[t3.gstatic.com image 253x199]


So much win.
 
2012-03-05 04:49:55 PM

bikerbob59: Kind looks like it's 'feet' are on backwards.


It's feet are actually not there. It is running on it's lower legs.
 
2012-03-05 04:51:23 PM
THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.
 
2012-03-05 04:51:29 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


Yeah, this thing was so crude, it was like it was a proto-type or something, just to see if they could get the basics down before they tried to go full on... dammit, I just can't finish that. Seriously people, how retarded (literal use here, not insult, but actual lack of proper development) do you have to be to realize that you don't go all out on a gawdam prototype? You get the basics working, then you start adding/improving.

Step 1: Get the thing to run on legs.
Step 2: Tweak torso to make running more efficient
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!
 
2012-03-05 04:53:27 PM

RedVentrue: bikerbob59: Kind looks like it's 'feet' are on backwards.

It's feet are actually not there. It is running on it's lower legs.


Good point: The feet are additional reach/propulsion.
 
2012-03-05 04:55:11 PM
Compare it to the real thing (new window)

this is specialization at its finest:
A Corvette Twin Turbo accelerates at about 7.2 meters per second. A Ferrari Enzo boasts about 8.1 meters per second, which takes it from zero to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds. A cheetah picks up speed faster than both of those cars. Its specialized body accelerates at 10 meters per second and gets up to 40 mph (64 kph) in three strides [source: Cheetah Conservation]...the flexible spine, combined with unique leg muscles give a cheetah's legs incredibly broad swing range, allowing the animal to achieve a stride of 25 feet (7.6 meters) [source: Cheetah Conservation]. It's more like a bound at that speed, completing up to three strides per second, with only one foot on the ground at any time and several stages when feet don't touch the ground at all. Hard, ridged foot pads and blunt, nonretractable claws maximize traction with the ground.
 
2012-03-05 04:56:06 PM
greyhound-data.com


Meh, I'll beat it to the couch.
 
2012-03-05 05:00:40 PM
Call me when they replace the remote hydraulic power source with the onboard radiothermal generator.

/nice little doggie
 
2012-03-05 05:01:55 PM
No Snowcrash reference? I has a sad.
 
2012-03-05 05:06:44 PM

MaxxLarge: That's quite the step up from their last project.

/and its earlier version


The noise the updated version made still creeps the utter shiat outta me...and until your link to the beta version...that was bad enough. The beta one sounds slightly better, but looks like some horrible mad scientist project where 2 people are bending forward towards each other and attached at the torso, sans head...
After this I may not sleep well tonight...
 
2012-03-05 05:12:42 PM
Damnit, SOMEONE show these idiots Terminator already!
 
2012-03-05 05:14:17 PM

Talondel: THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.


You beat me to it.
 
2012-03-05 05:17:08 PM
cache.io9.com

What's that, Glassy? Sarah Connor is in the well?
 
2012-03-05 05:19:50 PM

EMCGuy: No Snowcrash reference? I has a sad.



I concur. When will they program this thing to lick it's nuts when it's chill'n?


"When the Rat Thing, as you call it, is in his hutch, what do you think he's doing?"
"Licking his electronic nuts?"
"Chasing Frisbees through the surf. Forever. Eating steaks that grow on trees. Lying beside the fire in a hunting lodge. I haven't installed any testicle-licking simulations yet, but now that you have brought it up, I shall consider it."
 
2012-03-05 05:29:44 PM

Psycoholic_Slag: EMCGuy: No Snowcrash reference? I has a sad.


I concur. When will they program this thing to lick it's nuts when it's chill'n?


"When the Rat Thing, as you call it, is in his hutch, what do you think he's doing?"
"Licking his electronic nuts?"
"Chasing Frisbees through the surf. Forever. Eating steaks that grow on trees. Lying beside the fire in a hunting lodge. I haven't installed any testicle-licking simulations yet, but now that you have brought it up, I shall consider it."


Eh, Snowcrash was released six years after the already mentioned Count Zero, which was part of the far superior Sprawl Trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive)
 
2012-03-05 05:33:56 PM

Talondel: Psycoholic_Slag: EMCGuy: No Snowcrash reference? I has a sad.


I concur. When will they program this thing to lick it's nuts when it's chill'n?


"When the Rat Thing, as you call it, is in his hutch, what do you think he's doing?"
"Licking his electronic nuts?"
"Chasing Frisbees through the surf. Forever. Eating steaks that grow on trees. Lying beside the fire in a hunting lodge. I haven't installed any testicle-licking simulations yet, but now that you have brought it up, I shall consider it."

Eh, Snowcrash was released six years after the already mentioned Count Zero, which was part of the far superior Sprawl Trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive)



Don't get your nerd dander all ruffled.
 
2012-03-05 05:36:14 PM
Suddenly the 'hunt sarah conner' meme isn't quite so funny anymore.
 
2012-03-05 05:54:18 PM

Magorn: Compare it to the real thing (new window)

this is specialization at its finest:
A Corvette Twin Turbo accelerates at about 7.2 meters per second. A Ferrari Enzo boasts about 8.1 meters per second, which takes it from zero to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds. A cheetah picks up speed faster than both of those cars. Its specialized body accelerates at 10 meters per second and gets up to 40 mph (64 kph) in three strides [source: Cheetah Conservation]...the flexible spine, combined with unique leg muscles give a cheetah's legs incredibly broad swing range, allowing the animal to achieve a stride of 25 feet (7.6 meters) [source: Cheetah Conservation]. It's more like a bound at that speed, completing up to three strides per second, with only one foot on the ground at any time and several stages when feet don't touch the ground at all. Hard, ridged foot pads and blunt, nonretractable claws maximize traction with the ground.


The fastest land animal is still in the Cincinnati zoo. Learned that at my daughters school the other night. Got to see the world record holder Sara herself.
 
2012-03-05 06:38:16 PM

KiplingKat872: RedVentrue: bikerbob59: Kind looks like it's 'feet' are on backwards.

It's feet are actually not there. It is running on it's lower legs.

Good point: The feet are additional reach/propulsion.


It should be able to reach 50 mph with proper feet.
Cat like that is.
 
2012-03-05 06:57:08 PM
get it to run forwards or put the head on the other side and i'll be impressed.
 
2012-03-05 07:16:12 PM

Talondel: THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.


Neuromancer was a classic. Count Zero was kind of a mess. Really disappointed in that book. (Mona Lisa Overdrive was okay, but b/c it was set in the same space as Neuromancer, it was a let down.)
 
2012-03-05 07:30:30 PM
science says: stride length over stride frequency

/take it off the treadmill and let it rip
 
2012-03-05 07:54:44 PM
They need to build a kangaroo. One with a twenty or thirty foot stride.
 
2012-03-05 08:10:39 PM

Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail


Are you kidding me bro? They know how a farking cheetah runs. Wow what a genius you are! They should hire you! Your obviously limited knowledge is not taking into consideration the real reason why we don't already have robots running around like real animals. They can't balance themselves and they don't have thousands of micro-muscles. Animals are constantly readjusting themselves on the smallest levels because they can feel everything including the angle their feet are on the ground. Robots can't really do that, that is a massive amount of data. They don't have anywhere near the amount of muscles and range of motion because you can't reliably engineer that. It isn't the spine or the damn tail. It is getting a robot to be aware of its own orientation.
 
2012-03-05 08:17:34 PM

Barry McCackiner: Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail

Are you kidding me bro? They know how a farking cheetah runs. Wow what a genius you are! They should hire you! Your obviously limited knowledge is not taking into consideration the real reason why we don't already have robots running around like real animals. They can't balance themselves and they don't have thousands of micro-muscles. Animals are constantly readjusting themselves on the smallest levels because they can feel everything including the angle their feet are on the ground. Robots can't really do that, that is a massive amount of data. They don't have anywhere near the amount of muscles and range of motion because you can't reliably engineer that. It isn't the spine or the damn tail. It is getting a robot to be aware of its own orientation.


If you can't say something nice...
 
2012-03-05 08:25:19 PM
It would seem the zombie ring of treadmills defense would work here also...
 
2012-03-05 08:42:22 PM

RedVentrue: Barry McCackiner: Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail

Are you kidding me bro? They know how a farking cheetah runs. Wow what a genius you are! They should hire you! Your obviously limited knowledge is not taking into consideration the real reason why we don't already have robots running around like real animals. They can't balance themselves and they don't have thousands of micro-muscles. Animals are constantly readjusting themselves on the smallest levels because they can feel everything including the angle their feet are on the ground. Robots can't really do that, that is a massive amount of data. They don't have anywhere near the amount of muscles and range of motion because you can't reliably engineer that. It isn't the spine or the damn tail. It is getting a robot to be aware of its own orientation.

If you can't say something nice...


It better be funny.

/glares
 
2012-03-05 08:51:43 PM

scalpod: RedVentrue: Barry McCackiner: Magorn: Darpa needs to hire a decent bio-mechanical engineer to teach them how real cheetahs run and get such great speed. Their spines are extremely flexible and the tail plays a very important role. This thing was way too rigid and lacked a tail

Are you kidding me bro? They know how a farking cheetah runs. Wow what a genius you are! They should hire you! Your obviously limited knowledge is not taking into consideration the real reason why we don't already have robots running around like real animals. They can't balance themselves and they don't have thousands of micro-muscles. Animals are constantly readjusting themselves on the smallest levels because they can feel everything including the angle their feet are on the ground. Robots can't really do that, that is a massive amount of data. They don't have anywhere near the amount of muscles and range of motion because you can't reliably engineer that. It isn't the spine or the damn tail. It is getting a robot to be aware of its own orientation.

If you can't say something nice...

It better be funny.

/glares


I'm a boring dick, what do you want from me?
 
2012-03-05 08:56:06 PM
18 mph is fine.

It doesn't have to catch you, it just has to get you in its sights then shoot you.

/Then drag you back to its waiting young.
 
2012-03-05 08:57:27 PM
Shave its ass and make it walk backwards.
 
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