MIT exhibited its Cheetah 3 robot hardly a few hours ago. Keeping in sync with its mind-blowing demos in the past, the world’s one of the first robotics schools is reported to have made another dashing performance yet again. However, in a striking difference, Cheetah 3 exhibited the emphasis was more on practicality than on anything else this time.
Thus, in contrast to the earlier versions of the Cheetah, Tech Crunch reported that Prof. Kim and his team at the MIT Biomimetics lab has gifted a robot, which proves helpful in search and rescue operations in real life. As such, Prof. Kim has been quoted as saying, “Our vision changed to wanting to use this in a real situation, to dispatch it to Fukushima. We want to use this in a place where we don’t want to use humans. We can use the robot to monitor the environment and other emergency situations. There are a lot of emergency situations where you just want to do a routine check.” This statement testifies in itself the huge paradigm shift in the innovation program this time. Experts are of the opinion that the MIT robot will prove its efficiency in nuclear disaster-struck Fukushima in Japan.
At this ground zero site, it is neither possible nor safe for humans to set foot on to carry out a rescue mission. In comparison to other industrial robots deployed there, the Cheetah 3 is expected to be more helpful because of its animal-like four-legged structure.
A group of young research scholars, who were at the presentation, confirmed that the robot can balance itself on 3 legs apart from walking around the rubble and climbing stairs. The fourth arm of the machine is a makeshift arm. It is expected that in its upgraded version, the Cheetah 3 will be a dexterous robot, performing a series of complex tasks with the arm. In addition to that, the present version can conveniently carry payloads. However, Prof. Kim is reported to have cautioned his audience that the impressive features of the Cheetah 3 are still in the early stages. Extensive work is still to be done to give those a concrete shape, making the product more efficient and helpful for the mankind.
However, Prof. Kim is reported to have cautioned his audience that the impressive features of the Cheetah 3 are still in the early stages. Extensive work is still to be done to give those a concrete shape, making the product more efficient and helpful for the mankind.