The MIT Super Mini Cheetah

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 19:07

The MIT Super Mini Cheetah is an inexpensive and lightweight quadrupedal robot that is capable of behaviors such as running, walking, jumping, and turning.

According to Popular Science, the head of this robot is not a strictly required accessory. Instead, to give the lightweight and low cost ambulatory machine some character, the researchers attached a cartoon tiger’s head to the little robot.

The design of the Super Mini Cheetah follows many ideals of MIT Cheetah while emphasizing the use of commercial-off-the-shelf components and low-cost rapid manufacturing methods. The low-cost, easily replicable machine is powerful enough to perform dynamic locomotion and lightweight and inexpensive enough to simplify many logistical challenges of performing safe experiments with large robots such as the MIT Cheetah.

The MIT Super Mini Cheetah robot was first built in the context of Will Bosworth’s PhD research with Professor Sangbae Kim and Professor Neville Hogan, funded by the DARPA M3 program. Additional contributors include Debbie Ajilo, Michael Farid, Hans Susilo, Jonas Whitney and Michael Chuah. The complete design of the MIT Super Mini Cheetah will be made publicly available soon.

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