MIT has improved its earlier version of big-cat-inspired robot and now it doesn’t have any wires to hold it back. Now the Cheetah bot can run free into the wild.
Long back during its first treadmill test, the Cheetah bot was tethered up. Now with an improved algorithm, it is able to show its running skills in full swing.
The new video shared my MIT shows the cheetah bot running in a lawn and showing off its newly acquired jumping skills. It can jump clear over the obstacles of about one foot height. The new bot is made using the specially designed electric motors which has helped it to maintain a light weight apart from imparting good amount of power. Petrol motors were much noisy and heavier.
WildCat, developed by Boston Dynamics runs on a heavy internal combustion engine and produced much more noise compared to electric motor driven cheetah bot of MIT
Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT says, “Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground, this is kind of a new paradigm where we’re controlling force in a highly dynamic situation. Any legged robot should be able to do this in the future.”
The study and design of cheetah bot is helping the researchers to learn more about animal locomotion and its application to improve our robots. This will help in design of new transportation devices.
This cheetah bot can run up to 10mph but it is expected to achieve the real speed of cheetah i.e. 30mph.