Robot WildCat Runs Sixteen Miles Per-Hour


I’ll quote YouTube commenter Chubbington on this one: “Cool! Its gonna be hella neato being killed by one of these in 2037 in a food riot! Science is awesome!”

19 Comments on "Robot WildCat Runs Sixteen Miles Per-Hour"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Oct 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

    Chubbington is stupid. These things won’t kill us, heavy duty quadrocopters with shotguns mounted underneath will.

  2. Sarcasmo | Oct 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm |

    Is that a weedeater motor its runing on? Just sayin.

    • kowalityjesus | Oct 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

      tread and wheel vehicles will always be more efficient, and therefore better vehicles for ground weapons delivery. I don’t know why everybody freaks out about these things. Yeah they are scary, and insofar perhaps better vehicles for intimidation sake, but just another more animalic mode of transportation.

      • LifelongLIb | Oct 5, 2013 at 3:19 am |

        Depends on the terrain. Here in Hawaii there was an incident a few years ago where a rock slide injured a bunch of hikers. It was too windy for helicopters and the ground was too rough for anything on wheels, so the rescuers had to walk in and back carrying everything themselves. Some pack mules (or walking robots) would have been very useful.

      • Simon Valentine | Oct 5, 2013 at 9:00 am |

        i suppose a few geek out on the experimentation mode
        the algorithms ‘step, step, step step’

        • kowalityjesus | Oct 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm |

          with animalistic motion machines, we have to gallop before we can trot…

    • Rhoid Rager | Oct 5, 2013 at 7:13 am |

      Future models will include a two-man crew accompanying the Wildcat everywhere into the field to pull the cord 28 times to start it, flip the choke switch and jiggle the fuel lines.

  3. Tchoutoye | Oct 5, 2013 at 12:42 am |

    Making a quiet robot that the enemy doesn’t hear coming from miles away would be a much bigger achievement.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Oct 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm |

      Boston Dynamics also has vids of their robots hooked up to external power, much quieter. The fuel cell needs for the mature designs would likely be outsourced. I’m guessing this crew is heavily specialized in mechatronics.

  4. The Well Dressed Man | Oct 5, 2013 at 9:50 am |

    Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog is quite a bit more developed.

  5. mackraslo | Oct 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    This is the beginning of the Dog from Fahrenheit 451.

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