Meet SALTO: Most Vertically Agile Robot Ever
UC Berkeley roboticists introduce SALTO - their tiny 3.5-ounce robot can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable. To compare the vertical agility of robots and animals, the researchers developed a new metric to measure vertical agility. SALTO (which stands for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles) has a robotic vertical jumping agility of 1.75 meters per second, which is higher than the vertical jumping agility of a bullfrog (1.71 meters per second).