Korean Robot Raptor Runs Faster Than You, Me and Usain Bolt [Video]
Researchers from South Korea have developed a new sprinting robot that can run faster than even Usain Bolt.
They demonstrated the robot running in a video acquiring maximum speed of 28.5 mph.
The design of the robot is inspired from a dinosaur called Velociraptor. The predator is known to be a two-legged carnivore that was actually shown in the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park. The robot runs on two legs that are made up of carbon-fiber prosthetic blades. However, it can only run when attached to a rail.
As of now the fastest robot is 'Cheetah,' made by Boston Dynamics that has set the record speed of 29.3 mph, but the new Korean Robot Raptor is much lighter in weight and is also sleeker.
The Raptor is also capable of jumping and balancing on its two feet, which makes it stand out from the crowd. In the video it was also seen jumping over obstacles as high as four inches, while maintaining its speed.
Raptor weighs three kilograms and its tail helps it move quickly and be steady while stepping over obstacles, said Jongwon Park, a PhD student at KAIST's Mechatronics, Systems, and Control Laboratory, according to French Tribune.