DARPA and MIT Are Making a Robo-OSTRICH that Runs Faster Than You

By Adrian Covert on at

Not merely satisfied with having the the top research labs develop robotic dogs and cheetahs and humans, DARPA's latest endeavor will see the military agency team up with MIT to develop FastRunner, a robotic ostrich capable of outrunning us all.

And while an ostrich seems like a comical animal to fashion a war machine after, it makes sense. IRL ostriches are considerably faster than humans and have an efficient muscle design in their legs. Expected to stand nearly five-feet-tall and weighing 66 pounds, FastRunner will to be able to cover ground at an approximate speed of 18.6 MPH while only using a single actuator in each leg.

Someday the robots are going to kill us all. [FastRunner via PlasticPals via IEEE]