After the bionic kangaroo, penguin and seagull, the last mechanical invention inspired by nature is the robot cheetah. Researchers at MIT created a robo-feline able to run and bound while completely untethered.
A further step towards natural movement in robotics. “Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground” says MIT’s researcher Sangbae Kim.
This particular model, which weighs just as much as a real cheetah, can reach speeds of up to 16 kilometers per hour in the lab. The MIT researchers estimate that their current version may eventually reach speeds of up to 48 km/h.
The robotic creature has been developed as an alternative means of transportation, to a point where wheels and roads will no longer be needed. Scaled up to be rideable, it could become a sort of mechanical horse capable of navigating any terrain. Reviving old nature with modern technologies.