Mini Cheetah is a small, agile four-legged robot that can run and do backflips. It is robust and has powerful actuators, allowing researchers to perform experiments and test new controllers without fear of breaking the robot.
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Mini Cheetah is the first quadruped robot to do a 360-degree backflip.
Mini Cheetah was designed by a team led by Sangbae Kim, director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Kim has long been studying dynamic legged locomotion in humanoid robots and quadruped robots. In 2009, his lab unveiled the MIT Cheetah, and in 2013 an upgraded model was shown to run with energy efficiency that could rival that of real running animals. In 2019, they introduced a smaller quadruped, Mini Cheetah, capable of running, jumping, and even doing backflips. The plan was to build a pack of Mini Cheetahs to be used by researchers around the world.