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MIT's Mini Cheetah Robot Can Backflip


The 20-pound quadruped is as agile as a gymnast and capable of navigating uneven terrain twice as fast as an average human's walking speed.


MIT has developed a new robot as a successor to its large and heavy Cheetah 3 , and this one looks almost impossible to stop if it goes rogue, but thankfully it's quite tiny.


MIT describes the robot as having a range of motion "that rivals a champion gymnast" including the ability to walk right-side up or upside down.


If it falls, it can get back up, and the range of motion its legs have combined with excellent balance means it can navigate just about any type of terrain.


According to Benjamin Katz, a technical associate in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, by making the mini cheetah so hard-wearing and cheap to fix, it allows for experimentation.


Prior to joining the team, he spent 14 years writing and editing content on our sister site Geek.com and has covered most areas of technology, but is especially passionate about games tech.






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