MIT's Back-flipping 'Mini Cheetah' Robot Is Lighter, Stealthier Than Ever

This Awesome Four-legged Robot Does Backflips at MIT

MIT's Back-flipping 'Mini Cheetah' Robot Is Lighter, Stealthier Than Ever

In the event that a limb or motor does break, the mini cheetah is designed with modularity in mind: Each of the robot's legs is powered by three identical, low-priced electric motors that the researchers engineered using off-the-shelf parts.

As the name suggests the new mini cheetah robot is a smaller version of the previously demonstrated larger Cheetah robot which ways roughly 90lbs or 41kg.

The Mini Cheetah, as it is named can do backflips and can even bend, swing its legs wide. The little Cheetah is also easily repaired.

Mini Cheetah can even resist direct kicks, pick itself up from falls, pronk, and walk upside-down as we saw in Exorcist.

Aside from the impressive backflip (which earned a heartwarming cheer from the team behind the robot, as you can see in the video), the robot kitten can get back on its feet even if it has been toppled over, which is also quite an awesome feat.

Each leg is powered by three motors, to give it three degrees of freedom and a huge range of motion.

It seemed like just recently, robots used to move with stiff, jerky movements. And since the MIT team, led by Benjamin Katz, a technical associate in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, needs help with those algorithms, ten more Cheetah robots will be built and loaned to other laboratories.

"MIT'S new mini cheetah robot is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip".

The tumbling arrive cordiality of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where scientists have uncovered a springy, 20-pound robot that is additionally fit for strolling either right-side up or upside down. Now, they're doing backflips.

So they optimized the Mini Cheetah's program specifying all the torques of each individual motors, as well as the period between the start and stop on every twelve motors, and, as Katz remembers: 'The first time we tried it, it miraculously worked!'

MIT's original Cheetah robot weighs around 40Kg and can easily perform activities ranging from running at high speeds and jumping onto desks to climbing obstacle-laden stairs.

Though Mini Cheetah's capabilities remind us of the scary "Black Mirror: Metalhead", it's important to note this is just a research project.

"This is super exciting", Kim adds.

'Say you wanted to throw the robot into the window of a building and have it go explore inside the building.

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