MIT Shows Off Robot Cheetah


Cheetahs are pretty fast. An average cheetah can sprint at a speed of between 60 and 75 MPH. The cheetah robot designed by scientists at the  Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT may not be able to go quite as fast, but it is getting there. The digital predator was recently shown off at the  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. For now the bots top speed is a little under 14 MPG, but the real story here is the efficiency.

The robotics team has been working not just on a bot who can go fast, but on one who can do it efficiently. This bot, the second fastest in the world after a Boston designed cheetah robot, bucks the conventional thinking about the use of hydraulics for the moving joints. Instead a serious of specially designed magnetic engines get it from point a to point b as fast as possible. This, along with few other techniques, has helped the bot to move more efficiently and use less power for each step.

The robot cheetah is about the same size as its natural cousins.

Source: IEEE
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