MIT's Cheetah 3 robot is effectively blind


Chipmakers like Nvidia and Qualcomm have been busy building products to bring vision intelligence to robots, but in some scenarios, robots may be better off relying on other capabilities to navigate their surroundings. That's why the latest version of MIT's Cheetah robot, the Cheetah 3, is designed to move across rough terrain and through obstacles without relying on vision. "Vision can be noisy, slightly inaccurate, and sometimes not available, and if you rely too much on vision, your robot has to be very accurate in position and eventually will be slow," the robot's designer, MIT Associate Prof. Sangbae Kim, said in a release. "So we want the robot to rely more on tactile information. That way, it can handle unexpected obstacles while moving fast."

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