Good news everyone! We can finally add hurdling to the Scary Robot Olympics

MIT’s Cheetah robot has already beaten the speed record set by Usain Bolt (the world’s fastest man) and now it’s coming after Aries Merritt (the world’s fastest hurdler, of course). Researchers at the university’s Biometrics Robotics Lab have upgraded Cheetah with new algorithms that allow it to detect and jump over obstacles up to 40 centimeters tall — the first four-legged robot to do so autonomously.

“A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior,” said Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, in a press release. “You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors.”

Robo track and field, here we…

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Author: James Vincent

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