Berkeley's Jumping Robot is Back

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Berkeley researchers unveiled a hopping robot back in 2016. Now that same robot is back, with an improved cyber brain. The new microcontroller makes the robot's jumps 3 times as precise as its predecessor.

Check out a video of the robot here.

As you might expect, the more aggressive Salto-1P's jumping is, the less precise it is. Optimal precision comes after a series of small jumps, while the hyperaggressive long-distance flinging itself about that we've seen in the past is much more difficult to target. With a mid-to-low jump height, Salto-1P can handle both moving targets and surfaces that aren’t flat and level, like the office chair in the video. And it’s likely to get better at what it does, too: We spoke with Justin Yim at IROS, who told us that he’s working toward increasing Salto-1P's jumping precision even more, while also weaning it off of the external localization and computing systems that keep it confined indoors.
 

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That was, without a doubt, the coolest epicene technology demonstration of this year. I can hear Kathleen Kennedy ordering two dozen for Star Wars 9: The Rise of the Frog Droids.

I liked it. I want one. But I was also hoping that when the tech was picking up the target board and moving it, he'd just go rogue and smack it.
 

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When is this technology going to be in a vehicle I can jump around the planet in? Maybe just jumping around town will suffice.
 
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