Korea’s Dinosaur Robot Outruns Usain Bolt

Can reach a top speed of 46 km/hour (28.6mph) on a treadmill
Korea's Dinosaur Robot Outruns Usain Bolt

Image Credits: KAIST Mechatronics, Systems, and Control Lab

by Mary-Ann Russon | International Business Times | May 30, 2014


Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have built a fast-running biped robot that can reach a top speed of 46 km/hour (28.6mph) on a treadmill.

Inspired by the velociraptor – the predatory dinosaur which lived 75 million years ago, and was made infamous by Jurassic Park – the scientists decided to build a sprinting robot with two legs and a mechanism that works as a tail.

While Raptor is not as fast as Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah, the world’s reigning fastest legged robot, which has a top speed of 47 km/hr, the new Korean robot can beat Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, the fastest human ever whose top speed is estimated to be 43.92 km/hr.

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