This dog-like robot to do backflips and play football. Yes, they are adorable
But these were not the students, they cheetahs were. Mini-Cheetah, actually. Oh, and you are a robot.
WITH Biomimetic robotics Labratory, located on the lawn of the school, the legendary main building, created this so-called mini-Cheetah, a four-legged robot, powered by 12 engines.
the can you run to untethered by cables controlled by related researchers with a RC-like controller. With the same basic dimensions of the Boston terrier and the movements is similar, the dog is energetic, scurrying speed, the silver-robots are extremely adorable.
“My hobby was watching cheetah videos on YouTube,” he said,-associate Professor of mechanical engineering Sangbae Kim. Inspired by the beauty of the world’s fastest animal, Kim called for two of his graduate students, Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo, a robot can move, how graceful, like the spotted African cat.
Ten years later, the team has three versions of a larger Cheetah robot, in addition to the mini-Cheetah.
in contrast to actual Cheetah, which has a maximum speed of up to 75 miles per hour, the robot-mini cheetah can only run about 9 miles per hour. But both have what calls Kim “physical intelligence”.
“the people don’t know how hard it is to stay balanced,” he said. Keep yourself upright, the mini cheetah has, for more than 30 decisions per second, Kim said. Versatility and resistance, if it falls, it’s that this robot is special and very good backflips.
teaching a robot as you jump in the air while turning 360 degrees, was not the difficult part. Back flip ping “is actually harder than the run, it is actually easier,” Kim said. The real challenge is the landing. After all, “cannot jump when you land, you,” he added.
The robotics team is constantly teaching new algorithms, the mini cheetah new skills. The is built, why you recently, a further 10, the robot can plan and send them to other laboratories of the universities.
Working with the same hardware, the researchers will be able to share information and develop algorithms faster, Kim said. A certain ability that you work to climb the stairs. It is an essential advantage that a four-legged robot has one that moves on wheels or chains.
Kim said that robots like the mini cheetah could one day help, supplies, elder care or emergency response, “everything a person needs to travel a distance and then a specific physical action.”
But for now, He and his team are focused on adding skills to the mini-Cheetah. You are considering the addition of cameras, so that the robot could use to navigate through the room without someone.
His goal, he said, is for the Cheetah robot “around to achieve the same mobility as the animals… as well as a dog after them.”