University of Twente researcher Geert Folkertsma has developed a prototype cheetah robot.
Folkertsma has dedicated four years of research and development to constructing a scaled-down robotic version of the fastest land animal in the world, with a view to replicating its movements. Relatively speaking, the robot moves using only about fifteen percent more energy than a real cheetah.
Folkertsma’s doctoral defence of this unique project will take place on 21 April 2017 at the University of Twente.
“As you might expect of the fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah makes very efficient use of its energy,” Folkertsma explains. “I wanted to create a robot that runs the same way, with the aim of applying this knowledge to the development of new robots. Robots are bound to play an increasingly important part in our daily lives and we therefore have to ensure that they can move effectively in our …