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Tech & Science MIT made an army of tiny, 'virtually indestructible' cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video

18:41  08 november  2019
18:41  08 november  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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MIT made an army of tiny , ' virtually indestructible ' cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video . Boston Dynamics may have made a name for itself by posting videos of its surprisingly lifelike animal-themed robots , but don't

What makes the robots appear so incredibly lifelike is their fluidity of movement. They twist and turn and hop around in a manner that mirrors four-legged animals, and knowing that these little fellas are metal and wires instead of flesh and bone fills you with an even mix of wonder and dread.

  MIT made an army of tiny, 'virtually indestructible' cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video
  • MIT's Mini Cheetah robots are small quadrupedal robots capable of running, jumping, walking, and flipping.
  • In a recently published video, the tiny bots can be seen roaming, hopping, and marching around a field and playing with a soccer ball.
  • They're not consumer products, but MIT hopes that the Mini Cheetah's durable and modular design will make it an ideal tool for researchers.
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A “ virtually indestructible ” A “ virtually indestructible ” four-legged robot capable of backflips and righting itself after being knocked over has come out of an MIT lab, and it wants to play with you. There are plans to build ten of the things and loan them out to other labs for more researchers to kick.

MIT’s new mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. They are currently building more of the four-legged machines, aiming for a set of 10, each of which they hope to loan out to other labs. “A big part of why we built this robot is that it

MIT recently published a new video of its Mini Cheetah robots, small quadrupedal robots that can run, walk, jump, turn, and backflip. The robots weigh about 20 pounds and researchers claim they are "virtually indestructible," according to MIT News.

In the recently posted footage, the tiny bots can be seen ducking, hopping, and marching around a field. In some scenes, the robots are shown playing with a soccer ball, too.

MIT also made headlines earlier this year in March when it showcased its miniature robot performing a backflip.

  MIT made an army of tiny, 'virtually indestructible' cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video

In addition to being durable, the Mini Cheetah is designed in such a way that makes it easy to repair and modify if necessary. MIT is hoping that this level of flexibility will make the robots appealing to researchers who wouldn't otherwise have access to robotics.

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MIT’s Cheetah team has built some incredibly impressive electric robots , capable of jumping This video should give you a pretty good idea of what we’re working with here MIT is already creating a small army of the small and relatively inexpensive robots , with 10 more on the way, “to form a mini cheetah research consortium of engineers, who can invent, swap, and even compete with new ideas

That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah , negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver

"A big part of why we built this robot is that it makes it so easy to experiment and just try crazy things, because the robot is super robust and doesn't break easily," Benjamin Katz of MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering told MIT News.

Boston Dynamics, meanwhile, said in late September that its dog-like Spot robot would be shipping to early customers. That bot is currently being tested to perform tasks such as monitoring construction sites and remotely gas, oil, and power installations.

See below to check out the new video of MIT's Mini Cheetah in action.

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