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FastRunner Robo-Ostrich

FastRunner Robo-Ostrich

Check out DARPA’s FastRunner robo-ostrich legs run at crazy speeds…

Researchers from MIT and the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are developing a bipedal robot, based on the physiology of the ostrich, which will run at speeds of up to 50mph.

The robotic biped, called the FastRunner and funded by DARPA, was designed to run at extreme speeds over uneven terrain for an extended distances.

darpa fastrunner ostrich robot

DARPA FastRunner

So far, the team has already produced a version that consists of a single motor per leg, a locking knee, and springs that can store and release kinetic energy so it doesn’t have to rely on batteries for everything. The single motor and spring design also helps reduces weight, further improving its endurance.

The current prototype is capable of reaching 27 mph – faster than Usain Bolt – but the MIT/IHMC team says it could reach 40 or 50mp.

Another benefit from the design is that the legs do not require extra energy to carry weight, so the payload capacity is limited only by the strength of materials used.

The team also says that the design is scalable and could be adapted for quadruped bots, or other humanoids to increase agility and max running speeds.

Check out the clip below to see how the Robo-Ostrich legs articulate to reach such high speeds.

DARPA FastRunner Bipedal Robot

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  1. Claw Dillow: Video: DARPA's FastRunner is a Robo-Ostrich Capable of 30 MPH Sprints. Popular Science, 11/15/2011.
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