Robotics company Boston Dynamics created an 11-pound robot called the
“Sand Flea” that can jump 30 feet in the air and is equipped with an
“The robot uses gyro stabilization to stay level during flight, to
provide a clear view from the onboard camera, and to ensure a smooth
This video shows the robot
in action — jumping onto a one story building and straight up the side
of a dirt hill. The Sand Flea’s name hints as the bot’s capabilities —
it can move undetected and close to the ground while springing up into
the air to jump onto higher ground.
The bot has enough energy to jump 25 times and last two hours using
its fuel supply and piston actuator. The controller can choose how high
and at what angle the Sand Flea jumps, while the bot’s four wheels
cushion its landing.
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