Robotic cheetah can jump over hurdles
MIT’s biometrics robotics lab has shown off a new version of it’s Cheetah robot, capable jumping obstacles up to 45cm (18") high, while running at a steady speed of 8km/h (5mph).
In a show of confidence for the robot, it’s demonstrated here running and jumping without a tether. The calculations for each jump are done autonomously by the robot, with no human action required.
Previously, MIT has said it would like to improve Cheetah’s max speed to around 30mph (50kph), which may require a more complex gait. (Cheetah currently bounds, rather than really cantering or galloping.) MIT also wants to give Cheetah the ability to jump over hurdles while running on softer terrain, which is a more difficult proposition as the robot’s legs have to exert greater force.