MIT’s Biometric Robotic Department recently took out a herd of their mini cheetah robots for a fun day in the park. Depending on your outlook, the video will come off as either adorable or a glimpse into what the future will look like after the robots take over.
The design of the of the mini cheetah robots you see in the video was first revealed earlier this year by MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Each cheetah weighs in at 9kg. This version of robot is a shrunken down iteration of the cheetah 3 which was first unveiled in 2018. The cheetah 3 was a larger, less customisable and more expensive version of the current mini cheetah.
The video shows that the robots are agile enough to perform backflips from a stand still, kick a football, run at a speed of 8km/h and even right themselves once they had fallen over without any assistance.
“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, and if it does break, it’s easy and not very expensive to fix,” Benjamin Katz, a technical associate in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said earlier this year in a post on MIT’s website.
Now that they have proven the robots are able to work in the real world, MIT are building a fleet of mini cheetahs which they will lend to other labs to give more engineers the chance to explore and come up with their own ideas on how the technology could be used in the future.