News: Boing! Notebook Sized Robot Jumps 25 Feet

Boing! Notebook Sized Robot Jumps 25 Feet

Boing! Notebook Sized Robot Jumps 25 Feet

Sandia National Laboratories of New Mexico has developed the Precision Urban Hopper, a robot that uses one powerful leg to propel itself over barriers up to twenty-five feet high.

"The demonstrated hopping capability of the robots allows the small unmanned ground vehicles to overcome as many as 30 obstacles that are 40-60 times their own size. Hopping mobility has been shown to be five times more efficient than hovering when traversing obstacles at heights under 10 meters, which allows longer station-keeping time for the same amount of fuel," reads Sandia's press release.

Boston Dynamics is currently under contract to build it, with a planned delivery date of 2010.

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