Look out! Autonomous, military-funded ‘cheetah’ robot is off its leash. By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN
Updated 1516 GMT (2216 HKT) June 24, 2015
(CNN)—What do you get when you combine state-of-the-art robotics and military funding? An epically cool yet slightly intimidating bouncing cheetah… obviously.
MIT researchers first made headlines with their four-legged bot last September when they announced they had designed a cheetah-inspired machine able to run and jump freely albeit “blind,” as the robot carried no cameras or additional vision equipment.
Since then they have been hard at work improving their project, in part funded by the U.S. military’s research arm the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
It can see!
Now the scientists have gone a step further with their robotic feline — it’s now able to “see” and bound over obstacles thrown into its path with ease. Don’t believe it? Check out the video above!
“A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior,” says Sangbae Kim, MIT research team leader and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors.”
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