MIT’s new mini cheetah robot is springy, light on its feet and has a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. This four-legged bot may look small, but it can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or upside down. The robot can easily traverse uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Read more for a video and additional information.
At just 20 pounds, this quadruped is absolutely no pushover. When you kick it to the ground, the robot can quickly right itself with a swift, martial arts-like swing of its elbows. However, its most impressive ability would be performing a 360° backflip from a standing position. Researchers claim the mini cheetah is “virtually indestructible,” recovering with little damage, even if a backflip goes wrong.