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October 21, 2021 Thursday 11:30:29 AM IST

MIT developed a New Successor for Mini Cheetah Robot

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On October 20, 2021, MIT announced their recent innovation done by scientist Margolis and his collaborators. They developed a new system that improves the speed and agility of legged robots as they jump across gaps in the terrain. The newly designed control system is split into two parts which are one that processes real-time input from a video camera mounted on the front of the robot and another that translates that information into instructions for how the robot should move its body. The researchers tested their system on the MIT mini cheetah, a powerful, agile robot built in the lab of Sangbae Kim, professor of mechanical engineering. The work will be presented next month at the Conference on Robot Learning.

Unlike other methods which are in use for controlling a four-legged robot, this new two-part system does not require the terrain to be mapped in advance, so that the robot can go anywhere. In the future, this could enable robots to charge off on an emergency response mission for military service or climb a flight of stairs to deliver medication to an elderly or a bed-ridden.