Instead, it nimbly "feels" its way through its surroundings in a way that engineers describe as "blind locomotion," much like making one's way across a pitch-black room. "There are many unexpected behaviors the robot should be able to handle without relying too much on vision," says the robot's designer, Sangbae Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "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. So we want the robot to rely more on tactile information. That way, it can handle unexpected obstacles while moving fast." Researchers will present the robot's vision-free capabilities in October at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots, in Madrid.
It can walk, run and even jump - even though it is essentially blind. MIT has revealed a video of its latest robot it hopes will one day be able to'feel' its way around much like a person in a pitch black room. It has no cameras or external environmental sensors, instead relying on software and touch sensors in its limbs to predict its surroundings. It could one day be sent into the world's most dangerous environments, such as nuclear power plants, where conventional cameras and sensors are unable to operate. 'There are many unexpected behaviors the robot should be able to handle without relying too much on vision,' says the robot's designer, Sangbae Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT told MIT News.
It seems inevitable that robots will one day overthrow humanity and then set about exterminating us all. Now we've moved one step closer to digital doomsday with the arrival of a scary robot which can hunt in darkness and is agile enough to sneak in through your window. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has upgraded its Cheetah III robot so it can climb staircases, leap across obstacles and even'recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved'. Although there are no plans to use Cheetah to hunt down humans, it's clear that it will one day be extremely good at this task. Until then, thank goodness, its creators hope it will be used to perform tasks which are too dangerous for members of our fleshy species.
Google's recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics marks its eighth robotics purchase in the past six months, showing Google's "moonshot" robotics vision is more than just a pet project. Boston Dynamics is the most high-profile acquisition, however, instantly adding world-leading robotics capability, including robots that can walk all on their own, to Google's arsenal – as well as significant links to the US military – conjuring images of Skynet and the artificial intelligence-led robot uprising straight out of the 1984 film The Terminator. Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company that works across a wide range of computer intelligence and simulation systems, as well as large, advanced robotic platforms. The company was created as a technology spin-off from Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Prof Marc Raibert in 1992, then the founder and lead researcher of the Leg Lab – a research group focussed on systems that move dynamically, including legged robots. Raibert describes the Boston Dynamics team as "simply engineers that build robots", but in reality Boston Dynamics is much more than that.
It's not like it matters. The MIT Cheetah 3 robot doesn't need sun to hunt you down and dance on your soon-to-be lifeless corpse. You recall when you first read about the "full-grown Labrador" sized robot. It was a Thursday in July, and you somehow happened across press release from EurekAlert. Instead, according to the MIT researchers who developed it, it used "tactile information" to move around.