Thursday 29 March 2012

Spritely Jumping Sand Flea Robot

at first glance looks like it could be a kiddies toy, but at 11lb this little blighter has a neat little trick up its sleeve, in that its able to leap 30 feet in a single bound.

Sand Flea Robot has an on board computer that helps navigate direction and manages the dynamics of its behaviour with automated reasoning it regulates its perception of upcoming obstacles as conditions vary.

Did you notice the piston hanging out the end ? When the robot surveys an interrupted course the piston pops out and would appear to evaluate the foreseeable distance it needs to commit to. According to Boston Dynamics, the onboard stabilization system  keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

Sand Flea Jumping Robot is one among a small handful of Boston Dynamics automated robots who might become famous for inventing the first parkour robot. Albeit an equally insightful research project is their big dog robot.

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