Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

The incredible jumping Sand Flea robot by Boston Dynamics

The kid and I both exclaimed WHOA at the same time when we saw this jumping Sand Flea robot make its second jump. From Boston Dynamics

Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. 

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics firm who made the BigDog Quadruped Robot in 2008, and has partnered with DARPA to fund many of their robots, including this one. They also recently made news with their collaboration on a robotic cheetah

via @jcn.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Atlas robot jumps and backflips

Rion Nakaya

The Leaproach

Rion Nakaya

The Praying Mantis Leaps – ScienceTake

Rion Nakaya

Flower-like Planthopper Nymphs spring away from harm

Rion Nakaya

The cheetah-cub robot

Rion Nakaya

Terradynamic Biolegged Robot For Mars Exploration

Rion Nakaya

Quadruple backflip by the Hinamitetu robot gymnast

Rion Nakaya

Bionic Kangaroo – Festo

Rion Nakaya

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013 – A Woodstock for Robots

Rion Nakaya