In July 2018, MIT developed a Cheetah 3 robot it was unique because Blind Cheetah 3 robot who does not need to see to climb up a set of stairs. Cheetah 3 can climb, run and even jump by using only contact detection technology, this 90-pound mechanical beast robot is installed with new algorithms which can identify the environment just by touching. The firm is now back with MIT mini cheetah robot which is the latest version of Cheetah 3 robot.
It is mainly the latest version of Cheetah quadrupedal robot the Mini Cheetah, and it got quite a new tricks ‘the backflips.’ Backflipping robots is not new in the market, back in November 2017 Boston Dynamic’s robot Atlas which is much bigger than the mini cheetah robot had pulled this trick.
As the name suggests MIT mini Cheetah is the smaller version of larger Cheetah 3. It weighs about 20 pounds and can trot along at up to 2.45 meters per second which makes around 5.5 miles per hour equivalent of a fast human walking speed. The robot doesn’t have any cable or tethers, therefore, operates independently.
Apart from the backflips, the mini cheetah robot knows how to move with a ‘pronking’ imitation. It is like a bouncing movement which involves all four legs leaving the ground at the same time. This movement imitates the air leap seen with gazelles and similar animals. Other movements which the robot could perform is rotating, diagonal movements, stepping in place, maintaining its balance when aggressively pushed, righting itself independently when knocked over, pivoting its back legs, and catching itself when tossed to the ground.
Unlike the Boston Dynamic SpotMini which is an actual real product, Mini Cheetah is just a research product so you would not be able to buy one ever. Its small size and design make it a very friendly looking robot as it can jump, trot, roll over and run along with you.