MIT's Robotic Cheetah Learns to Jump Obstacles

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CHEETAH, the four legged robot has been in development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for several years. The robot slowly learned to walk, run up to speeds of 28MPH and do many other things over the years, and now it has learned to jump over obstacles while running.

Using a laser system to map the terrain, Cheetah is now able to identify obstacles on its way and jump over them when necessary.

"A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior," says Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors."
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