MIT Robotic Cheetah

MIT Robotic Cheetah


The general goal of our lab is to understand the locomotion aspect of animals. Recently we are focusing on quadrupeds, or four-legged animals and we try to understand how they efficiently run in the field and nature so that we can take that inspiration and then use it in our engineering world. So for example we can create prosthetic legs out of that technology and you could even make new transportation replacing cars so that you don’t need the road in our world. The cheetah is the fastest four-legged animal in the world and we would like to make out robot run fast like a cheetah. When we started with our robot, we started to look at cheetahs’ motion and applied its principles to our mechanical version of a cheetah. Currently our robot cheetah can run up to 10 mph and jump over a 33 cm high obstacle. So previously, most legged robots are powered by internal combustion engines and then hydraulic transmissions, and those are very noisy and very inefficient. But people believe that internal combustion engines and hydraulics are the only way to make a legged robot run and support itself. People believe that electric motors are not powerful enough, so this is the first time we show that an electrically powered robot can run and jump over a foot high obstacle. In order to build a dynamic robot like Cheetah we had to develop everything on the robot including motors, control system and control algorithms. Because previous robotic technology is focused on controlling static motion over the robot. I think this is a really exciting future where robots can be quiet and efficient and also powerful and then we might exceed the muscles’ performance in the future.

67 Replies to “MIT Robotic Cheetah”

  1. interesting in drone? big data? artificial intelligence? 3-Dimension print? or Advanced material Developing (graphene etc. )?
    here in MIT enlighten your way to change the world. (to Asian students)

  2. what a bunch of joke?These mechanical researchers are themselves letting them get dominated by electronical world.You dumb ass๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  3. Amazing work, but I think a robot will ever get the elegant movement of a majestic creature like the cheetah. Mother Nature always win.

  4. Boston Dynamics pwns ur face. Pretty impressive for 2014 though, I bet the two entities would benefit by comparing data.

  5. Reminds of cheetah robot transformations similar in this mobile game:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whitesand.wild.cheetah.animal.robot.transformation.game

  6. Iโ€™m
    A rape victim of a robotic engineering name HERBERT FEROLIN who illegal implanted me with illegal bio chip! He almost rape me when I was a kid and he raped last 2010 and since then he donโ€™t stop torturing with high tech weaponry to just produce lies for his satisfaction. He was a teacher of SAN CARLOS UNIVERSITY OF CEBU.

  7. Hello my name is kaustav Ghosh from India nd I'm very much interested in taking admission in MIT USA…. I'm currently in class 12. Can you please guide me through it and how to prepare for it?

  8. Any eta when the engines inside will be released to public for entrepreneurs to mess around with? I feel there is 1000's of things we could do to increase the future of the world.

  9. bro get it you can never in your life replace a CHEETAH with a robotic dog,EVER.
    Nature creates everything superior no matter what , dont underestimate it hun.

  10. Cheetahs have distinctive springy backs and long tails for balance. The back curves dramatically bringing the back legs forward of the front legs. The shoulder barely moves up and down. Goats run with stiff backs, springy legs, and tiny tails. They bounce significantly in the front. I think they copied goat locomotion and called it a cheetah. Cool robogoat though.

  11. All this persuit of technology above everything and anything else is going to be used to control the mass of people eventually. They're not doing this for the fun of it, it's eventually going to be used so the sociopath elites can have super unstoppable robots defend them and give them everything they want while the world and everyone else in it burns. Already they're using machines more and more to make people jobless, the future they have in store for us will make 1984 look like a picnic.

  12. In 2014, when this was made, I knew THEN and had known for some time that having a 'combustion engine and hydraulics' was NOT necesssary. It could be done with electronics SO much better! Hmmm … didn't think that was a secret either! I'm just an old anthropologist, not a mechanical whiz kid from MIT who not only KNEW it was possible but then, DID IT! Woohooo! Love it! I read somewhere that now it's called the Wildcat … dunno if that's true but I'd love it if so! That was the name of my high school team!

  13. Weak….

    Boston Dynamics has made more progress then you MIT guys.

    Why don't you go study black holes or something.

    In your ass.

  14. y'all remember that episode of "black mirror"?
    it's called metalhead .
    go and have a wee look, and then reassess this.

  15. Lol. They are hoping this bouncy ass thing can replace cars? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ they better cure motion sickness first! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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