They’re at it again, people! AGAIN!!! Over the weekend the folks over at Boston Dynamics released footage two of their newest creations in action. If you weren’t afraid of the robopacalypse before, you’ll be a believer now.
First, there’s the Wildcat. Remember the Cheetah robot they showed off a little over a year ago. No? Well, you should. It’s the one than can even outrun the world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. Of, course, if he doesn’t stand a chance, just think how well the rest of us – shall we say – less athletic types will do getting away.
Anyway, Wildcat isn’t as fast as Cheetah. Cheetah made it up to 28.3 mph while Wildcat can only reach speeds of 16 mph. Wildcat does have one major advantage over its cousin, though. Unlike Cheetah. Wildcat isn’t bolted down in a lab. It can run free!
It gallops, it turns, it bounds, it even does this neat trick where it spins on its front legs during a turn and goes into a seated position which, I have to admit, looks really cool until I remember that this thing can still outrun me. Check out the video for yourselves.
If you still not scared then just imagine walking down the street one day and that thing sudden;t comes sprinting around a corner and chasing after you. IMAGINE IT!!!
Next up is Atlas. This one can walk on two legs.
Boston Dynamics describes it as a:
…high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain.
Since Atlas walks on two legs, leaving its arms free for helping it keep its balance and, of course, carrying things. Things, like, you know, boxes, people… a rocket launcher or something. The possibilities are endless. Another cool feature of Atlas is that it can maintain its balance even while being hit from the side… while balancing on one leg.
I CAN’T EVEN DO THAT!!!
Oh, in case you were wondering, this is what Atlas is really supposed to look like, according to Boston Dynamics’ website.
Since Boston Dynamics is funded in part by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), we can expect they’ll have military applications in mind for these two latest designs.
I can’t wait.
So, to be sure we’re on the same page, the robots are coming, we can’t outrun them, they can follow us over any terrain, they’ll be militarized and some of them will even have arms.