"You could put these parts together, nearly like Legos", said Benjamin Katz, a technical associate in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering. The researchers will present the mini cheetah's design at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, in May 2019. They are now building more of the four-legged machines, aiming for a set of 10, each of which they hope to loan out to other labs.
According to Benjamin Katz, a technical associate in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, by making the mini cheetah so hard-wearing and cheap to fix, it allows for experimentation.More news: Australia captain Patu banned for biting Clough
Thanks to its high torque and low weight, Mini Cheetah is fast and dynamic while maneuvering, and it handles anything rough terrain can throw at it without breaking a limb or a gearbox.
One can't help but find some similarities with those weaponised robotic dogs we had seen on the Metalhead episode of Black Mirror. Professor Kim believes in the open platforms and their potential to accelerate research.
It is the smaller relative of the Cheetah 3, a larger robot that can jump on a desk, or expertly climb a staircase littered with debris.More news: Google Publicly Discloses macOS Kernel Vulnerability
"In Cheetah 3, everything is super integrated, so if you want to change something, you have to do a ton of redesign", Katz says. He designed the motors appropriating widely available tech used initially in drones.
They show Mini Cheetah's linear, lateral and rotational movements, its balance and orientation control and jumping ability.
In both environments, the quadruped bound along at about 5 miles per hour.More news: Sony Reportedly Issuing Anthem PS4 Refunds Due to Crashes and Shutdowns
Having a generous range of motion and being able to adapt to different surfaces will probably be critical components for four-legged robots that are deployed by humans at some point, researchers say. Additionally, it emerges fast with a kung-fu-esque motion after being kicked to the ground performing an elbow-swing maneuver.