MIT introduces its new and improved Cheetah 3 robot designed to combat disaster zones and environments too dangerous to access. Some new functions of the technology include leaping and galloping through rough terrains, climbing stairs with debris, and quick balance recovery -- all which can be done without relying on camera help. The control algorithm can predict how much force each leg should apply with every step, using a contact detection and model-predictive control algorithm -- this is what the engineers call "blind locomotion."
The contact detection algorithm is able to determine the best possible time to swing each leg and the model-predictive control algorithm determines the position and force of the robot's body and legs. In addition to the elevated blind locomotive component, the Cheetah 3 also boasts a new and improved hardware, allowing it to twist from side to side, stretch both forward and backward, and limbering up for a cat-like pounce.
Disaster-Tacking Rescue Robots
More Stats +/-
Stacking Educational Coding Robots
All-Terrain Security Robots
AI-Powered Cardboard Robots
Amphibious Underwater Robots
Artistic Educational Drawing Robots
Free 2018 Report & eBook
Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.
Our Research Methodology
This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.