A few years ago the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory who designed the Cheetah Robot set a new speed record reaching speeds of 28.3 mph, this week MIT has unveiled they have now taught the robot to cleanly jump obstacles.
The awesome robot is now capable of jumping and avoiding obstacles autonomously thanks to a new algorithm that has been written, watch the video below to see it in action.
“In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.”
“Most robots are sluggish and heavy, and thus they cannot control force in high-speed situations,”-“That’s what makes the MIT cheetah so special: You can actually control the force profile for a very short period of time, followed by a hefty impact with the ground, which makes it more stable, agile, and dynamic.”
For more information on the new Cheetah Robot jump over to the MIT news website for details.