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Disney Invents a One-legged Robot That Hops Like a Crazy Pogo Stick

by Conner Flynn
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Disney’s research branch just revealed a crazy robot that can hop on a single leg. It doesn’t need a tether either, and has an on-board power source and controller. Now they just need to scale it up and give us a cool pogo-stick robot for personal transport.

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That leg uses a technology called a linear elastic actuator in parallel – or LEAP, which uses both an electromagnetic actuator and two compression springs. The position and real-time adjustments made to its leg to remain balanced are handled by a pair of standard servo motors.

As it is, this hyper robot can hop around for up to seven seconds before falling. I still like my personal transport idea. Make it happen Disney.

[via Gizmodo]

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Comments (1):

  1. Rustin says:

    Other than helping clear out a land-mine field, I’m having trouble thinking of a good use for such a unit. It seems like it would shake itself apart. That said, why not continue developing this? They could stumble into a really great use for it. I guess they could wrap it up in white fur and put ears on it and make an Easter bunny. :-)

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