Crazy Little One-Legged Jumping Robot Demonstrates Its Precision Jumping Skills

October 12, 2018

Seen here looking suspiciously like the Pixar lamp has some explaining to do, this is an impressive video demonstration of the Salto-1P one-legged jumping robot developed at The University Of California Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab. It can hop exactly where it wants to, when it wants to. And apparently it decided it wanted to hop straight into my heart. "You're getting weak, GW." No, I've just given up -- there's a difference.

Salto-1P is a small monopedal jumping robot capable of continuous high-power hopping. We demonstrate a new control algorithm that can land Salto-1P's foot at particular spots on the ground like jumping on stepping stones or playing one-leg hopscotch. We call this "deadbeat foot placement hopping control".

The video really is impressive to watch, and now I kinda want one as a pet. How cute would it be to wake up to one of these little guys hopping up and down on your belly? "Does it have a knife?" Hopefully not. "Pretty cute then." Right?! We're all gonna die.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to KS, who agrees this is probably not what Dr. Seuss had in mind when he wrote Hop On Pop.

  • bakuryu

    Any other 3D platformer fan here?
    Forget flying drones and give Shigeru Miyamoto an empty backyard.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Anyone else get a Pickle Rick vibe?

  • The_Wretched

    Sounds like the instruction I gave someone. No something something unless it's with the Pickle Rick vibe.

  • Doog

    The ability to adjust to different elevations is awesome. I wonder how it would react to small changes in the landing platforms angle.

  • Bling Nye

    Attach some C4 to those and you've got some mobile little hoppy-splodies.

  • Doog

    I'm a fan of "hoppy-splodies" for what it's worth

  • Andyman7714

    Time to practice my tennis swing.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Huh, I guess Berkeley is good at something other than creating those Purple Armpit Haired, Screaming, Violent Land-Walrus Monsters.

  • Jonathan Tippett

    Probably being developed "to rescue humans in hard to reach places"

  • Bling Nye

    Probably being developed "to rescue murder humans in hard to reach places"


  • Jenness

    Why is this even more disturbing on some levels than the other BD one posted yesterday? idk But we all need to figure out which one of us has the most guns, in the best defensive area and make our plans now to overthrow our coming robot overlords.

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe there's a wiki-how for a homemade EMP.

  • Mark

    Because it can sneak around your house without you knowing and jump up into your bed while you sleep at night.

  • Tigerh8r

    My cat would LOVE that thing!

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