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Thursday October 04, 2018

Berkeley's Jumping Robot is Back

Berkeley researchers unveiled a hopping robot back in 2016. Now that same robot is back, with an improved cyber brain. The new microcontroller makes the robot's jumps 3 times as precise as its predecessor, allowing it to perform the feats seen in the video below:

As you might expect, the more aggressive Salto-1P's jumping is, the less precise it is. Optimal precision comes after a series of small jumps, while the hyperaggressive long-distance flinging itself about that we've seen in the past is much more difficult to target. With a mid-to-low jump height, Salto-1P can handle both moving targets and surfaces that aren’t flat and level, like the office chair in the video. And it's likely to get better at what it does, too: We spoke with Justin Yim at IROS, who told us that he’s working toward increasing Salto-1P's jumping precision even more, while also weaning it off of the external localization and computing systems that keep it confined indoors.