Japanese engineers create leaping robot


After watching British TV sci-fi during my formative years, I’m firmly of the conclusion that walking up stairs is enough to keep me safe from mechanical menace. Not anymore.

Japanese engineers at the University of Tokyo have created a robot that can leap about 50cm into the air, so getting upstairs should be a piece of cake. The robot is called Mowgli and it can jump thanks to artificial muscles driven by compressed air.

It can also jump down again and play football, which could be good news when the transfer window re-opens. But more practically, it could lead to robots that can be used as mechanical carers in years to come.

University of Tokyo

Via Digital World Tokyo

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