Boston Dynamics’ WildCat Is Another Galloping Terror

    October 4, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Boston Dynamics, the company that’s singlehandedly trying to hasten the fall of humankind with its incredible robot technology, has just unveiled the WildCat – the next generation of its Cheetah robot.

“WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program,” says the company.

Sure, the Cheetah has been clocked at 28.3 mph, a bit faster than Usain Bolt. But that’s only when it’s running on a high-speed treadmill, powered by an off-board hydraulic pump. The WildCat, as seen in the terrifying video above, is untethered and coming at you down a dark alley.

Or at least it is in my nightmares.

Image via Boston Dynamics, YouTube

  • http://raymangin.com Raymond Mangin

    I thought we invented the wheel to avoid all that. Seems like a step back–in the wrong direction.

  • Well

    We have massive problems now when unemployment hits 10% — what will happen when robots are common place? By the time that happens, the population will also be much larger.

    We will have a crisis like people have never seen. Doubt what I am saying? Look what is happening right now in America due to unemployment. Never mind the rest of the world that lives on $2 a day.