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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a show with a pack of mini-cheetah robots for students on the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a show with a pack of mini-cheetah robots for students on the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Researchers behind the small four-legged robots have shared a video online of these mechanical animals running, jumping and even kicking around a football.

Each manually controlled with a remote control, weighs around 20 pounds and can reach speeds of around six miles per hour.

The mini cheetah is designed to be & # 39; virtually indestructible & # 39; and recovering with little damage, even if a backflip ends with spills, MIT News stated earlier this year.

Sangbae Kim, director of MIT's biomimetics lab, noted that the robot field is designed to absorb the impact of jumping and landing – and the video highlights this possibility.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a show with a pack of mini-cheetah robots for students on the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave a show with a pack of mini-cheetah robots for students on the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The cheetahs are thrashed through an area of ​​the university campus while they are controlled by a human.

The machines perform a synchronized dance, showing their gymnastic skills and then they all participate in a game of football.

& # 39; Ultimately, I hope we can take 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, & # 39; Kim said.

& # 39; That's how you speed up research. & # 39;

Each of its legs is powered by three identical, specially designed low-cost electric motors.

Researchers behind the small four-legged robots have shared a video online of these mechanical animals that run, jump and even kick around a football

Researchers behind the small four-legged robots have shared a video online of these mechanical animals that run, jump and even kick around a football

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Researchers behind the small four-legged robots have shared a video online of these mechanical animals that run, jump and even kick around a football

The cheetahs are frightened by an area of ​​the university campus while they are controlled by a human

The cheetahs are frightened by an area of ​​the university campus while they are controlled by a human

The cheetahs are frightened by an area of ​​the university campus while they are controlled by a human

It is made with a modular design, which means that all motors and other components can be interchanged if they become defective or damaged.

Benjamin Katz, technical officer in the mechanical engineering department and lead developer at MIT, said: & # 39; If you want to add another arm, you can simply add three or four of these modular motors. & # 39;

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& # 39; The speed at which it can change ground forces is very fast. & # 39;

The machines perform a synchronized dance, showing their gymnastic skills and then they all participate in a game of football

The machines perform a synchronized dance, showing their gymnastic skills and then they all participate in a game of football

The machines perform a synchronized dance, showing their gymnastic skills and then they all participate in a game of football

The robot, which weighs just 20 pounds, can perform its 360-degree backflip from a standing position.

The initial focus of MIT was to have the robot stretch and rotate in different, yoga-like configurations, to show its range of movement while maintaining balance.

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& # 39; As it turns, its feet are only on the ground for about 150 milliseconds at a time, during which a computer tells it to increase the force on the foot, then change it to balance and then that power whole quickly lower to lift up, & said Katz.

& # 39; So it can do really dynamic things, like jump in the air at every step or run on the floor with two feet at the same time. Most robots can't do this, so go much slower.

The robot, which weighs just 20 pounds, can perform its 360-degree backflip from a standing position

The robot, which weighs just 20 pounds, can perform its 360-degree backflip from a standing position

The robot, which weighs just 20 pounds, can perform its 360-degree backflip from a standing position

& # 39; A big part of why we built this robot is that it's so easy to experiment and try crazy things, because the robot is super robust and doesn't break easily, and if it breaks, it's easy and not very expensive to repair. & # 39;

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The researchers will present the design of the mini-cheetah at the international conference on robotics and automation in May.

They are currently building more of the cheap four-legged machines, aiming for a set of 10, which they hope to lend to other laboratories.

Katz said they ultimately hope for a robotic dog race through an obstacle course, where each team controls a mini-cheetah with different algorithms, so they can see which strategy is the most effective.

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