The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has improved its cheetah-like robot by enabling it to jump and run around outside without being tethered. MIT researchers are continuing to upgrade the robot and improve its skills. The robo-cheetah has come a long way since its first treadmill test, during which it was tethered up.
MIT released a demonstration video of the robo-cheetah running across an open field and then bounding upwards to show off its new jumping skills. This is all thanks to a new algorithm that the researchers have developed which allows the robo-cheetah to run around while navigating the terrain of the open field without being tethered.
Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, compares the electric motors of the cheetah-bot to other heavier, louder quadruped robots that use gasoline motors. “Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground,” he told MIT News. “This is kind of a new paradigm where we’re controlling force in a highly dynamic situation. Any legged robot should be able to do this in the future.”
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