MIT Mini Cheetah Robot Can Do Backflips

It’s terrifying …

MIT’s original Cheetah robot is already quite nimble on its feet, but there’s now a smaller counterpart that might put it to shame. Researchers have shown off a new Mini Cheetah that can pull off a number of slick moves, including backflips — it’s the first four-legged robot to pull off the feat, according to MIT. It can also walk upside-down Exorcist-style, pick itself up after falls and trot at a relatively brisk 5.5MPH on less-than-smooth terrain.



The small-scale Cheetah is far from perfect. It doesn’t always stick the landing, as you can see in the clip below. It’s also just a research project, you’re not likely to see this exact bot in the wild like you might with Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini. This does bode well for a future of agile automatons, though. And look at it this way: if you’re worried that robots will turn on humanity, they’ll at least have some panache while they exact their vengeance.

Source: MIT (YouTube) via Engadget


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