Vertically Agile Robot Opens New Pathways of Locomotion

Published by , December 11, 2016 1:08 pm

(RDMagazine) The University of California Berkeley has developed what may be the most vertically agile robot ever built. The robot, which weighs 100 grams and is 26 centimeters tall when fully extended, has already proven to be able to spring off a wall or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded and will open new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable.
The robot, which is being called Salto (for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles), is inspired by the galago—a primate that is said to be the animal kingdom’s most vertically agile creature that can jump five times in just four seconds to gain a combined height of 8.5 meters.

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