Boston Dynamics has unveiled its next generation of “sprinter” robots, this time bearing the name “WildCat,” which is capable of bounding and galloping across a flat terrain at speeds of up to 16 mph.
The WildCat is a step up from BD’s “Cheetah” sprinter, which although was clocked at speeds of up to 29.3 mph, had to remain tethered to offboard hydraulic pumps for its power while being anchored to a boom to keep it steady.
According to BD, the WildCat runs on a 2-stroke go-cart engine directly linked to a hydraulic pump. It has a small fuel tank to keep its weight down, and can run for about 5 minutes.
In light of this, some technology blogs were less-than-impressed with its efficiency. But it doesn’t make the WildCat any less fascinating and creepy to watch.
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