Indestructible Four-Legged Robots Can Do Backflips Now

08 March, 2019, 02:25 | Author: Patty Hardy
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We have seen robots climbing stairs while avoiding obstacles, and opening and holding doors for their robo-peers, but Mini Cheetah, MIT's new droid is the very first four-legged robot able to do a backflip! "At only 20 pounds, the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down", the university wrote in a description of the video. Its party trick is performing a 360-degree backflip, but the robot's speed and agility are its most impressive features.

The Mini Cheetah can run up to 2.5 meters per second, has independent rotation and it capable of pronking, or leaping.

The MIT also shows the ability to control, stability and orientation of the small android, but the most exciting part is the backward jumps.

Researchers claim that the four-legged mini robot is created to be "virtually indestructible" and can trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average human's walking speed.

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 incredible feat. Each of its four legs are powered by three cheap electric motors.

Interestingly, MIT's Cheetah robot family isn't the only one nailing terrifying moves.

MIT robot can do a backflip
Indestructible Four-Legged Robots Can Do Backflips Now

MIT is now making more of these Mini Cheetah robots, and plans to have a set of 10 to show off at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May.

"The first time we tried it, it miraculously worked", Katz said. Today a video of the MIT robot has been published on the web.

The researchers hope to advance the capabilities of these machines to the point at which they are able to take over search and rescue missions or accomplish tasks not safe for humans. Now, they're doing backflips.

The mini cheetah draws heavily from its much larger predecessor, Cheetah 3.

They are now building more of the low-priced four-legged machines, aiming for a set of 10, each of which they hope to loan out to other labs.

'Say you wanted to throw the robot into the window of a building and have it go explore inside the building. They are now working on a landing controller so that the robot would be able to steadily land on its feet after a big throw.

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