Outrunner a six legged machine developed at Florida-based Robotics Unlimited which can touch a speed of 45 miles per hour on treadmill and 25 miles per hour outdoor, which beat the past record by robot of 16 miles outdoor and 28.3 miles an hour on a treadmill. Robotics Unlimited has planned to bring it on sale after achieving a fund of $150,000 which has already raised 1/4th of its total fund. They are planning to host a worldwide race of robots which is open for all, one’s the fund is raised. The live update of the fundraiser can be found here Kickstarter
Outrunner when starts running feels like some alien running on the streets. Outrunner looks nothing like animal though but it uses the same logic and pattern of mass to length ratio. The center of mass of robot is lower than the axis of rotation, making it stable and run without falling or of-balance. Outrunner is able to run on any surface from grass , gravel , going down the hills and also on the Olympic tracks. It can also perform running on its 4 legs as well. Outrunner has the potential to steer itself by shifting its center of mass to one side to other. Outrunner turns its legs when it touches the ground, it keeps moving forward that’s the basic concept of this robot. It is now the fastest Robot to run at this speed . It uses same process of legged animals to save energy which allows it to fluctuate and conserve kinetic energy while it’s on the move. Can Outrunner be used for the training of sports runner ? Will find it out soon….