This is the robot designed by the humanity hating folks over at EPFL's Biorobotics Laboratory. It was built to run like a cat, but just a little one, unlike DARPA's Cheetah inspired death machine. *cue Meow Mix commercial*
The purpose of the platform is to encourage research in biomechanics; its particularity is the design of its legs, which make it very fast and stable. Robots developed from this concept could eventually be used in search and rescue missions or for exploration.
Listen: I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. Anytime somebody tells you they're developing some sort of robot technology for search and rescue, they really mean seek and destroy. That's just a fact. Now the real question is if they'll always land on their feet. *tosses robot, watches fall and shatter into pieces* That's a no.
Hit the jump for a video.
Thanks to TheAmberAmazon, Randolph T and fat piggie, who all expressed interest in having robot kittens and that scares me.