Cool Technology


If only the Daleks had this technology…they may have been a whole lot more scary:

Robotics company Boston Dynamics created an 11-pound robot called the “Sand Flea” that can jump 30 feet in the air and is equipped with an infrared camera.

“The robot uses gyro stabilization to stay level during flight, to provide a clear view from the onboard camera, and to ensure a smooth landing,” notes its website.

This video shows the robot in action — jumping onto a one story building and straight up the side of a dirt hill. The Sand Flea’s name hints as the bot’s capabilities — it can move undetected and close to the ground while springing up into the air to jump onto higher ground.

The bot has enough energy to jump 25 times and last two hours using its fuel supply and piston actuator. The controller can choose how high and at what angle the Sand Flea jumps, while the bot’s four wheels cushion its landing.


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  • Steve (North Shore)

    Wonder if this thing can jump on a ferry to Waiheke and find out what is really going on?

  • P1LL

    very cool ! It just needs to loose the take off and landing sounds 

  • that is a cool robot..i found it a few days ago..

    ..this one is also very cool.. is a 9 min kinetic-sculpture from the museum of science..

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    • Steve (North Shore)

      The link you posted involved the theory of work (stored energy)
      When will you work phool?

    • P1LL

      That is one of the best Rube Goldberg machines I have seen :)