Mar 31, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
These are the same people who built the somewhat more frightening AlphaDog http://singularityhub.com/2012/02/09/boston-dynamics-takes-alpha-dog-military-robot-out-for-its-first-walk/
Boston Dynamics just released a video of their Sand Flea robot, and man can it jump. It rolls around, then stops, rears back on its hind wheels, and springs over walls and onto roofs – up to 30 feet high! It’s jumping is accurate enough that it can even leap into a second story window. You wanna scare the neighbors?
A CO2-powered piston gives the 11 pound Sand Flea its jumping power. Boston Dynamics hopes the little jumper will improve surveillance capabilities of soldiers on the battlefield. You’ll notice in the video below that the Sand Flea does a pretty good job landing flat on its four wheels. That’s not only for stability control, but to get the best possible video feed from an onboard camera. It won’t provide useful surveillance if its spinning end over end. A gyro stabilizer helps it to keep level during flight.