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Cheetah Robot Lands The Running Jump

To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to land just short of the obstacle, before exerting enough force to push up and over. Based on the obstacle’s height, the robot then applies a certain amount of force to land safely, before resuming its initial pace.

 

In experiments on a treadmill and an indoor track, the cheetah robot successfully cleared obstacles up to 18 inches tall more than half of the robot’s own height while maintaining an average running speed of 5 miles per hour.

 

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