Jumping robot to bounce into military service

Do you remember these words?  "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."  This robot can’t outrun a high-power projectile or stop a freight train, but it may be able to match some of superman’s jumping skills.  As detailed in New Scientist, the US army has commissioned a robot that will jump up stairs or leap through windows during urban operations

Engadget reported that the Precision Urban Hopper, as it is known, will have as its goal the capability of jumping over large obstacles in city combat situations. “It will boast one extremely tough leg to assist it, in addition to its four wheels. The Hopper is supposedly going to be able to jump 25 feet in the air once completed.”

Boston Dynamics, the company that built the prototype, is due to present its next model sometime during 2010.

Now, in addition to all the other military robots, there will likely be one type that can jump.  What do you think about that?

Jumping robot to bounce into military service
Fri, 08 May 2009 09:29:00 GMT

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