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05:56  09 november  2019
05:56  09 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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 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. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Boston Dynamics may have made a name for itself by posting videos of its surprisingly lifelike animal-themed robots, but don't count out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MIT ' s Biomimetic Robotics Lab posted a new video this week showing off the skills of its Mini Cheetah robots -- lightweight "Eventually, I'm hoping we could have a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini cheetah with different algorithms, and we can see which

MIT ' S new mini cheetah robot is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip. At only 20 pounds the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide

a group of people playing football on a field: MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab's Mini Cheetah robots play some soccer in the park. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab's Mini Cheetah robots play some soccer in the park. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

When autumn hits and leaves are on the ground, it's fun to take your dog outside to play. And that includes robot dogs of course.

MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab posted a new video this week showing off the skills of its Mini Cheetah robots -- lightweight and quadruped robots the university has been developing for awhile now. The video shows the dog-like robots hopping up and down, doing backflips and even playing soccer. The new footage almost makes the robots look like they're having fun.

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MIT is back with the latest version of its Cheetah quadrupedal robot , the Mini Cheetah , and it’ s got a new trick up its sleeve: it can do backflips. Backflipping robots is nothing new — Boston Dynamics’ much bigger Atlas robot pulled off the trick in November 2017 — but the Mini Cheetah is the first four

Backflipping MIT Mini Cheetah MIT ' s scrappy little Mini Cheetah robot is a cutie-pie of a robotic quadruped. The school posted a video on It's all highlight-reel stuff, showing off the robot 's ability to backflip, run, scoot sideways, hop and play in a pile of dry leaves like a shiny little headless puppy.

Each Mini Cheetah weighs around 20 pounds (9 kilograms), is powered by 12 electrical motors and can reach speeds of around 5 mph (2.2 meters per second). Earlier in the year, MIT showed off the Mini Cheetah robot's new talent for doing backflips.

While these robots are fun to watch, they do have a rather eerie side. But not to fear, they aren't exactly Terminator-level dangerous.

"Twenty pounds is not too small but not so big that it's dangerous or fragile," Director of MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab Sangbae Kim told IEEE Spectrum in March.

If you enjoy watching Mini Cheetah's robots frolic together outside, Kim has hinted he wants test the robots further with an obstacle course.

"Eventually, I'm hoping we could have a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini cheetah with different algorithms, and we can see which strategy is more effective," Kim added. "That's how you accelerate research."


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