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Boston Dynamics Unveils New Jumping Robot

Published by: Andy on 28th Mar 2012 | View all blogs by Andy


Boston Dynamics Unveils New Jumping Robot

Boston Dynamics showed off its latest creation this week, an impressive jumping robot the company is calling the Sand Flea.  Weighing just 11 pounds, the remote control robot is capable of jumping as high as 30 feet, allowing it to overcome a wide variety of urban obstacles.  The Sand Flea uses a piston powered by CO2 that can power up to 25 jumps before it needs recharging.  The robot is also accurate enough to jump into an open window two stories up thanks to a special stabilization system.

The Sand Flea was developed to assist soldiers in urban war zones by jumping over walls or into buildings where its cameras can help soldiers identify enemy targets.  Of course, it could also be used in civilian missions to explore areas that might be dangerous to humans, such as a disabled nuclear reactor.  The Sand Flea is the latest creation from Boston Dynamics, which last month introduced the Cheetah, the world's fastest legged robot.  Unlike Boston Dynamics'  Precision Urban Hopper, which can leap obstacles while on the move, the Sand Flea rolls to a stop and takes careful aim before executing jumps, allowing for more accurate results.

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