Boston Dynamics recently presented their new prototype for the jumping robot. Named Sand Flea, this little guy is able to jump over 10 meter obstacles with such an accuracy that one can make it jump into a window located at a known height.

From IEEE Spectrum Magazine:

Sand Flea has its origins in the Precision Urban Hopper, which was born of a collaboration between Sandia National Labs and Boston Dynamics back in 2009. There are some significant differences in the latest version of Sand Flea, some of which we’ve only just seen in this video: for example, instead of jumping while moving (like the Precision Urban Hopper did), Sand Flea stops, rears back, and launches itself into the air.

Sand Flea has no trouble clearing a 10-meter obstacle (about 30 feet), and it’s accurate enough that you can ask it to jump through a window two stories up and it’ll do it. The piston (which looks as if it fires out the back of the robot, as opposed to downwards) is powered by CO2, and Sand Flea can make 25 jumps in a row before it needs to juice itself up again. Sand Flea is intended to be used in Afghanistan to hop over walls, take a look around, and hop right back home again.

If you are interested in Robotics, you should not miss Boston Dynamic’s website. They have a handful of very cool designs for multiple applications. Really cool.

By the way, the IEEE Spectrum’s article cites another article that describes how dinosaur-like tails give robots a better agility. Really worth reading it.

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