Tiny Jumping Robot Can Find Enemies, Scale Fences

By Brett Israel | September 15, 2009 5:37 pm

robot_webA shoebox sized, GPS-guided robot is under development for the U.S. military. Oh, and the robot has mad ups too: It can leap a 25-foot wall without breaking a sweat.

Robotics company Boston Dynamics, the same group that brought you PETMAN and BigDog, built the robot—known as the Precision Urban Hopper—for the purposes of scouting enemy territory.

BBC News reports:

Most of the time, the robot…uses its four wheels to get around. But the Precision Urban Hopper can use a piston-actuated “leg” to launch it over obstacles such as walls or fences. The robot could boost the capabilities of troops and special forces engaged in urban warfare, say researchers.

The work was funded by the US military’s research branch, and the robot is expected to enlist sometime in late 2010.

Here’s a video of the little bugger posterizing a helpless fence:

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Image: Sandia National Laboratories

Video: Sandia National Laboratories via YouTube/kusharax

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MORE ABOUT: military, robots, technology
  • Christina Viering

    Very useful.

  • Bert

    This is very cool. It ties in, along an evolutionary road, with the type of military robots portrayed in the movie “Screamers.” Very cool, indeed.

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  • Daniel

    Pretty cool, but I can see why everyone avoided using acronyms to name this little piece of machinery… PUH… very tasteful.

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