This terrifying thing will be at the DARPA robotics challenge finals. It can run at 22 km/h and jump hurdles.
Darpa Trials winner
Team SCHAFT's S1 robot finished first in the December 2013 DRC Trials
Controlling the robots
From a removed location, operators at the DRC Trials controlled their robots.
In 2009, DARPA made hybrid biological and electric insects -- a cyborg moth, for instance. The latest iteration had an electrode inserted into the actual living pupae when it was in its cocoon. As it developed, wires were incorporated into its body. Yeah, I'm cringing, too.
The DARPA website states: "GXV-T seeks to investigate revolutionary ground-vehicle technologies that would simultaneously improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor, including avoiding detection, engagement and hits by adversaries."
At least seven teams at the DARPA finals will be using Atlas Unplugged, this bipedal robot developed by Google-backed Boston Dynamics. The thing can stand up on its own, climb stairs, and walk around. A thought: What are the chances it could ride that MIT cheetah?