The Boston Dynamics Wildcat

The folks over at Boston dynamics are at it again developing another four legged robot. Perhaps you are familiar with their earlier robot called the mule. If not, you can find it here. It has been tested and used in different military scenarios involving ground forces. The mule operates in tandem with the soldier, who carries the remote, while a proximity sensor is strapped to his foot. The sensor acts like a homing beacon and ensures that the mule remains close to the soldier.

The primary purpose of the mule is to carry weapons, gear, and other military items to lighten the load of the ground forces whose packs can weight as much as 100lbs at times. The wildcat however, is being developed to run fast no matter the terrain. Here you see the galloping and bounding phases. The bounding phase is not quite as impressive and will probably lend itself to more failure than the gallop phase.

This shows the best performance so far and though the gallop may seem a bit lackluster, during the slow-motion portion, it is quite impressive how the robot moves and performs much like a horse. The people at Boston Dynamics know what they are doing when it comes to robot design, they just have to get somebody to pony up the funding.

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To that end, they enlist the help and resources of DARPA. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is associated with the United States Department of Defense. Their sole purp