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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Uniquely Boston: MIT Robots | Massachusetts Institute of Technology -

People are finding the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab's Mini Cheetah robots to be surprisingly cute, summarizes Jackie Bruno, joined NBC10 Boston and necn in December of 2011.
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You may have seen the video of MIT robots that can play soccer and perform all kinds of tricks, but the Mini Cheetahs have an important purpose.

It's a 20-pound, four-legged metal robot that is designed for next level mobility.

"We have cars, airplanes, and ships, submarines. We have a lot of technology that can help move us around but yet we still don't have technology that can help us move in our space. Like stairs, opening doors, and sending a robot instead of a firefighter, or helping elderly cares in the house. There's no machine that can freely move around our house and our spaces," said Dr. Sangbae Kim.

Dr. Kim and his team of MIT PHD level robotics students looked towards nature for inspiration...  

With aging populations outpacing yougner workers in many countries, Dr. Kim hopes this technology could be a tool towards bridging that gap.

"At some point I think one person will be able to take care of 20 elderly...using robots."