The brilliant minds at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a prototype of a mechanized cheetah. I know what you’re thinking – Terminator 2, Skynet, the machines – but believe me when I tell you that you have nothing to fear with this cheetah.
The MIT robotic cheetah runs at a top speed of only 10 mph, while an actual cheetah can reach speeds of 70 mph. MIT’s cheetah can only jump a height of 1 foot, while an actual cheetah can jump up to 15 feet. So, it’s unlikely that humans will be chased down and hunted by robotic cheetahs any time soon.
However, the cheetah does have a couple cool factors going for it. First of all, the MIT cheetah is battery powered, making it significantly quieter than the Boston Dynamics gas-powered WildCat from 2012. And second, the MIT team believes that by making some adjustments to the control algorithm they can eventually have their cheetah running at 30 mph.
What do you think of the MIT cheetah? Let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
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