Creating life size functioning robots has been the science fiction dream of mankind since its inception in the early 1920s. Today primitive robots and machines are common place, but it is rare to see a functioning robot with a more organic shape. With the help of 3D printing students at MIT have taken another huge step forward in creating robots that can walk, run, maintain balance, and even jump much like an organic creature would.
The cheetah uses its specialized 3D printed legs to help vault itself over obstacles and run up to 28 MPH the Cheetah 2.0 has received several upgrades in the past few years including sensor system in its eyes to detect objects and 12 electric motors that operated the 3D printed legs. You can see the awesome video below that showcases its jumping capabilities and more.
Miss Metavese. “MIT’s Cheetah Robot Is #2Future4U.” Metaverse. Metaverse.com, 30 May 2015. Web. 15 July 2015.