MIT's New Mini Cheetah Robot Can Perform Backflips, Ruin Your Day

March 4, 2019

This is a video demonstration of MIT's new Mini Cheetah headless quadruped robot: a smaller, 20-pound version of their non-mini Cheetah robot previously seen HERE and HERE . What can it do? KILL. Plus trot over rugged terrain at twice the average human's walking speed, sidestep, walk diagonally and in spirals, and do backflips so it can flip over your head and attack from the rear. It can also swivel its legs to either walk right-side up OR upside-down, so if you thought flipping it on its back like a Koopa Troopa was going to save you, you were wrong and you are dead now. *stamps F on forehead* This concludes your robot apocalypse survival simulation. It'll be another $80 to take the test again, but you will receive a holographic sticker if you pass.

Keep going for the video demonstration, the very end of which is a bunch of crash and burns.

Thanks again to Ochre, who agrees it's time to ice the cake and wrap up this human party.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Yeah, I did a backflip once, it didn't end well. Backflips are bad news.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I did a backflip on my buddy's bmx bike once. It was not on purpose and I didn't even hit the jump. I was trying to do a wheelie.

  • Josip Grabić

    "Metalhead" episode of Black Mirror is closer than we think.

  • The_Wretched

    It looks copied from boston dynamic's line of murder bots.

  • Chris

    Not to ruin their day, but I had a small toy dog that could do that when I was a kid in the 80s.

  • Tigerh8r

    When are they going to start calling themselves by their real name, "Cyberdyne Systems."

  • Douchy McDouche

    DARPA have already copyrighted that one.

  • Wooder

    I swear MIT students are all serial killers and using the robots to do the job.

    Just mount the guns and put knifes on the thing and end this.

  • GeneralDisorder

    This thing almost moves fast enough to be a weapon on its own.

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