WATCH: Robot cheetah can jump

MIT's Robot Cheetah

MIT created cheetah robots that can “see” targets and jump over targets autonomously.

“The algorithm’s first component enables the robot to detect an obstacle and estimate its size and distance. The researchers devised a formula to simplify a visual scene, representing the ground as a straight line, and any obstacles as deviations from that line. With this formula, the robot can estimate an obstacle’s height and distance from itself.”

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