Engadget post time: May 10, 2013 at 04:47PM
Move aside, Sand Flea, you’re not the only jumping robot in town. The researchers over at the University of Pennsylvania have taught their little six-legged X-RHex Light to make leaps and bounds as well, making it one of a few bots to both run and jump effectively. While it can’t spring as high as the Boston Dynamics critter, the X-RHex can cross gaps with not just a bound but a running gait given enough room. It can also flip itself over, climb onto a ledge with a double hop and perform a leaping grab to something as high as 73 centimeters (28.74 inches). The X-RHex itself isn’t new; the curved legged machine has been around for at least a couple years, and even sported a cat-like tail for balance at one point. Still, the fact that the hefty 6.7 kilogram (14.8 pound) machine can now somersault through the air is a quite a victory, and one that reminds us of the impending robocalypse. Check the video below to see the bouncy ‘bot in action.
Source: IEEE Spectrum
Reference source: Engadget