Have you heard about MIT’s Cheetah 3 blind robots?
MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot — an upgrade to the Cheetah 2, can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved — all while essentially blind.
The 90-pound robot is intentionally designed to do all this without relying on cameras or any external environmental sensors. The idea is to allow it to “feel” its way through its surroundings via “blind locomotion,” (like making your way across a pitch-black room), eliminating visual distractions, which would slow the robot down.
“Vision can be noisy, slightly inaccurate, and sometimes not available, and if you rely too much on vision, your robot has to be very accurate in position and eventually will be slow, said the robot’s designer, Sangbae Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. “So we want the robot to rely more on tactile information. That way, it can handle unexpected obstacles while moving fast.”
Faster, more nimble, more cat-like
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