MIT's Mini Cheetah robot can perform backflips

by Technology | 04-03-2019 | 8856 views

MIT has released a video which shows its new four-legged robot, 'Mini Cheetah', doing backflips. MIT claims the 9-kg robot can trot on uneven terrain twice as fast as an average person's walking speed and is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip. In the video, it can also be seen walking sideways and picking itself up after falling. 

MIT's original Cheetah robot is already quite nimble on its feet, but there's now a smaller counterpart that might put it to shame. Researchers have shown off a new Mini Cheetah that can pull off a number of slick moves, including backflips - it's the first four-legged robot to pull off the feat, according to MIT. It can also walk upside-down Exorcist-style, pick itself up after falls and trot at a relatively brisk 5.5MPH on less-than-smooth terrain.

The small-scale Cheetah is far from perfect. It doesn't always stick the landing, as you can see in the clip below. It's also just a research project, you're not likely to see this exact bot in the wild like you might with Boston Dynamics' SpotMini. This does bode well for a future of agile automatons, though.

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