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How MIT's Mini Cheetah Robot Got a Speed Boost

How MIT’s Mini Cheetah Robot Got a Speed Boost

The four-legged Mini Cheetah robot from MIT just got one step closer to earning its epic name, thanks to a style of machine learning that’s reminiscent of Neo in The Matrix.

With an unnatural looking gait that only a machine could contains, the robot is now capable of running 8 to 9 much per hour, a significant increase from its top swiftly of about 5.5 mph back in 2019. So what changed?


Go, cat, go. MIT’s Mini Cheetah quadruped robot.


Like Neo and Morpheus practicing kung fu in a simulated making environment, the Mini Cheetah was able to take what it learned from simulated territory and error and apply that knowledge to the real domain, making it faster and more capable of traversing different terrains.

“We can deliver the robot to learn from its experience very mercurial in simulation, and then deploy it in the real world,” said MIT Assistant Professor Pulkit Agrawal.


Fetch. The Mini Cheetah mid-sprint.


Next, the researchers are planning to use similar machine learning techniques to deliver the Mini Cheetah how to manipulate objects in its environment.

To see the Mini Cheetah in piece, check out the video in this article.