Robo-hop! Incredible robot can jump 100 TIMES its own height – and could be used on the MOON


Robo-HOP! Incredible robot can jump more than 100 times its own height – and could be used on the MOON to cover distances of 1,600ft in a single leap

  • The robot is just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighs one ounce (30g)
  • It features a rotary motor alongside springs and rubber bands that store energy
  • During tests, it was shown to be capable of leaping to heights of 108ft
  • With surface gravity weaker on the moon, the robot could potentially traverse distances of around 1,640ft, according to the team

An incredible jumping robot has been unveiled that can leap to more than 100 times its own height.

Despite being just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighing one ounce (30g), the robot is capable of jumping 108 feet.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who developed the robot, believe it could one day be used on the moon.

With surface gravity weaker on the lunar surface, the robot could potentially traverse distances of around 1,640ft, according to the team.

Despite being just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighing one ounce (30g), the robot is capable of jumping 108 feet

How does the jumping robot work? 

The robot measures just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighs one ounce (30g).

It features a rotary motor to multiply the work, alongside specially selected springs and rubber bands that allow the system to store energy.

During tests, the robot was able to jump 108ft (32.9 metres) high.

For decades, engineers have taken inspiration from animals to develop jumping robots.

For example, in 2016, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley designed a bush baby-inspired robot called Salto, that can jump to 10 times its own height.

However, the jumping height of animals is limited by their muscles, so instead, the researchers opted for an artificially engineered device.

‘The jump height of a biological jumper is limited by the work its linear motor (muscle) can produce in a single stroke,’ the researchers explained in their study, published in Nature.

‘By contrast, the jump height of an engineered device can be far greater because its ratcheted or rotary motor can ‘multiply work’ during repeated strokes or rotations.’

The robot measures just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighs one ounce (30g).

It features a rotary motor to multiply the work, alongside specially selected springs and rubber bands that allow the system to store energy.

The robot measures just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighs one ounce (30g). It features a rotary motor to multiply the work, alongside specially selected springs and rubber bands that allow the system to store energy

The robot measures just 11.8 inches (30cm) tall and weighs one ounce (30g). It features a rotary motor to multiply the work, alongside specially selected springs and rubber bands that allow the system to store energy

During tests, the robot was able to jump 108ft (32.9 metres) high

On the Moon, such robots could leap huge heights and distances during exploratory investigations

The researchers believe that the robot could have several important uses, both on Earth and beyond

During tests, the robot was able to jump 108ft (32.9 metres) high.

‘To our knowledge [this is] far higher than previous engineered jumpers and over an order of magnitude higher than the best biological jumpers,’ the researchers said.

The researchers believe the robot could have several important uses, both on Earth and beyond.

On Earth, jumping robots could overcome obstacles previously only navigated by flying robots to collect images of the ground below, according to the team.

Meanwhile, on the Moon, such robots could make use of the weaker surface gravity to leap huge heights and distances during exploratory investigations.

‘The leaps of the presented jumper would be even loftier: 125m high while covering half a kilometre in a single bound,’ the researchers concluded.

It remains unclear how much the robot cost to develop, or whether the team has any plans to release it to market.  

'To our knowledge [this is] far higher than previous engineered jumpers and over an order of magnitude higher than the best biological jumpers,' the researchers said

‘To our knowledge [this is] far higher than previous engineered jumpers and over an order of magnitude higher than the best biological jumpers,’ the researchers said



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