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Jumping and Rolling Robot Can Handle Any Terrain

by Lambert Varias

Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath, has invented a robot that he hopes will be a model for future space exploration and land surveying robots. Called the Jollbot, it’s a spherical robot that rolls over smooth terrain and jumps “like a grasshopper” when it encounters obstacles.

Jollbot Jumping Rolling Robot

The robot imitates how a grasshopper builds up its energy before prior to jumping: “We’ve made a robot that jumps in a similar way to the grasshopper, but uses electrical motors to slowly store the energy needed to leap in its springy skeleton.

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Before jumping, the robot squashes its spherical shape. When it is ready, it releases the stored energy all at once to jump to heights of up to half a metre.”

Forget land surveys, Rhodri. Think big. Think robot ninjas.

[University of Bath via robots.net]




Comments (1):

  1. SLE says:

    Wow! This could potentially solve a lot of problems for land surveyors. When will we hear more about this device? Any new developments?

    SLE
    Land Surveyor

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