Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Robots, that Hop!

I've always thought military robots were a bit bland.  I mean, they don't even have cool racing strips painted on them.  They are really just boxes with wheels, nothing like the awesome remote control race cars I always wanted.  This new robot designed for the military will change all that though. Developed by a Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics, this robot will be able to leap high walls in a single bound!

"The Precision Urban Hopper can use a piston-actuated "leg" to launch it over obstacles such as walls or fences.  The robot could boost the capabilities of troops and special forces engaged in urban warfare, say researchers."

BBC article

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