MIT mini cheetah robots, Backflips, soccer and creepy dances.

MIT wants to show that its Mini Cheetah robots aren’t just solitary creatures. The school’s Biomimetics department has posted a video of nine of the bots frolicking in the fall leaves, showing just what these pet-sized quadrupeds can do. The remote-controlled machines can backflip out of leaf piles, kick a soccer ball and have friendly tussles… well, if a bodyslam can be considered friendly. There’s even some eerie coordinated dancing, in case you want to know how robots will socialize once the robopocalypse is over.

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Really, this illustrates how the Mini Cheetah project is moving forward. Now that the bot is proven to work, MIT is building a fleet to lend out examples for research projects. Demos like this are a step toward improvements in robot locomotion and other scientific pursuits. Whatever creepiness you see here could lead to robots that are better-suited to hazardous work, search-and-rescue and other efforts that might just save human lives.

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