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What does the Army see in this tiny pogo-stick robot?

Thursday, May 30, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Kelsey D. Atherton  |  May 30, 2019  |  C4ISRNET


Outside of fiction, robots are rarely bipedal. If a robot has legs at all, it’s likely to have at least four of them, providing a range of balance and stability replicated often in the animal kingdom. On wheels or tracks, the robots’ movement becomes even more familiar, the chassis of a vehicle reproduced in miniature. When two-legged robots exist, they can struggle with balance, requiring careful design to navigate spaces and weight shifts that come naturally to humans. Which is what makes the SALTO robot so intriguing: rather than walk on two or more limbs, SALTO bounces and balances on a single foot attached to a single leg.

“SALTO” stands for “saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles,” and the one-legged machine draws its direct inspiration from the small Galago primates of sub-Saharan Africa. Galagos are built to jump multiple times in rapid succession, and SALTO is never not jumping when it moves, a powerful leg constantly propelling it forward and upward. READ MORE...

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