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MIT’s backflipping mini cheetah quadruped robot

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MIT’S new mini cheetah robot is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip. At only 20 pounds the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed.

And when researchers kick or knock over the lightweight and agile mini cheetah, it’s a demonstration of the robot’s ability to get back up on its own. (Reminder: Please do not kick robots.) See how it backflips perfectly and not-so-perfectly in this 2019 video from the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Previously, from 2015: MIT’s electric cheetah-bot runs offleash. And from 2012: Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Robot. Plus: More robot videos.

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