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UPenn researchers presented the acrobatic feats of their robot today at a conference on robotics and automation.

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Your Roomba can’t jump, can it? UPenn researchers presented the acrobatic feats of their X-RHex-Light robot today at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Germany.

Their research paper “Toward a Vocabulary of Legged Leaping” details how they taught the robot the tricks to not only run, but also jump and execute the equivalent of robotic back flips and triple jumps. The nearly 15-pound, 20-inch long robot can jump up ledges, and can even do leap grabs that let it ascend an impressive 28 inches. Now that the robot knows the leaping lingo, it could use it to take instruments or sensors to the right locations, or right itself when it flips over.

Image via UPenn Kod*lab

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  1. Look this another Jumping Robot, Sand Flea from Boston Dynamics, which is an 11 pound robot that drives like an RC car on flat terrain, but can jump 30 ft into the air to overcome obstacles. http://www.zeeik.com/znode/1857565610/1857565647

  2. this video is private?

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