MIT Cheetah Runs at 22 km/h, Gait Transition from Trot to Gallop

The MIT Cheetah is being developed by MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab, with funding from DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation Program.

This impressive efficiency is down to the use of electric motors over hydraulics, with a new “three phase permanent magnet synchronous motor” providing the necessary torque. Researchers also used biometric principles to conserve energy and reduce stress on joints, including Kevlar tendons across the back of the legs.

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