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MIT Robot Cheetah Is Fast, Efficient And Carries Its Own Power Supply (VIDEO)

17/05/2013 11:47 BST | Updated 17/07/2013 10:12 BST

MIT has unveiled a beautiful, efficient and only mildly terrifying robotic cheetah.

Like the version built by Boston Dynamics last year, the metal animal is able to power itself to remarkable speeds using four legs - albeit only on a treadmill.

The MIT Cheetah is not as fast as Boston Dynamics' effort, but is more efficient and crucially can carry its own power supply.

MIT showed off the new version at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, where it reached 13.7 mph - less than half of the Boston Dynamics cheetah, but still pretty impressive.

The robot uses electric motors to power itself, but needs to be supported by bars to stop from falling over.