OutRunner: the slightly terrifying robot that can sprint at 20mph
If you’re looking for a remote control gadget that’ll turn heads, look no further than the OutRunner – a scary multi-legged robot that can run on almost any surface at speeds of up to 20mph.
The robot comes in two versions: the OutRunner Core, a six-legged, 1.5-foot tall model that can hit 10mph and comes with a one-hour rechargeable battery; and the OutRunner Performance, which has 12 legs, is two feet tall and can run at 20mph for up to two hours.
Both models can be controlled via remote, but the Performance also offers smartphone control via an app – and can stream video direct to your phone too with its built-in HD camera. It also has a universal camera mount for third-party cameras.
Because the OutRunner has legs, it can tackle most flat-ish terrains: roads, grass and even dirt. The way it moves is inspired by animals, with a similar mass/length distribution, and it steers by shifting its centre of mass.
The robot’s creators are seeking US$150,000 (RM485,775) through Kickstarter. Pledging US$249 (RM806) or more can bag you an OutRunner Core, and pledging $799 (RM2,587) an OutRunner Performance. Should they reach their goal, the robot rewards should be sent to you by July 2015.
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