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X2-VelociRoACH Smashes Speed Record for Tiny Legged Robots 

“In this work we explore increasing the maximum attainable speed of a legged robotic platform by pushing its stride frequency to an extreme value.” Need we say more? Okay, how about this: you’re about to see one of the fastest legged robots ever built.  4.9 meters per second (17.6 km/h, or 11 mph).

Don’t blink, because if you blink, you’ll miss UC Berkeley’s X2-VelociRoACH zipping past. I’m not exaggerating even a little bit, just watch:

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“In other words, if it weren’t for the robot starting to explode, there’s no reason to think that increasing the stride frequency even more wouldn’t lead to corresponding increases in speed.”

UC Berkeley Biomimetics

IEEE Spectrum

Last night I dreamt that I stood in line for hours to do a photo-op with Moffat and when it was finally my turn I sidled up next to him with a huge fangirl smile. My voice was syrupy sweet and he smiled magnanimously down at me as I gushed.

“I’m so happy I finally get to meet you! I’ve wanted to tell you, for quite some time now, that you’re awful. Really awful. Please stay away from the Doctor’s love life.”

And then I turned to the camera and grinned.

I was given a photo of myself and a ferret.