THEY run faster than people and are agile over rough surfaces and terrains that are challenging for most human beings.
Wildcat is the latest mobile robot acquired by Google to join BigDog, Cheetah and Atlas. The internet giant has bought the machines in an acquisition of US company, Boston Dynamics, which has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. Boston Dynamics has created machines which walk and stay upright over difficult terrain and run fast like big cats.
Why Google is buying up the machines is unstated, but it’s thought the company may be working on systems to replace warehouse workers or carry out home care or attack hoards of rabid zombies.
A video of BigDog shows a noisy, gas-powered, four-legged, walking robot that climbs hills, travels through snow, skitters precariously on ice and even manages to stay upright in response to a well-placed human kick.
The video has been viewed more than 16 million times since it was posted on YouTube in 2008.