Thursday, 17 Sep, 2009 Technology

Latest Invention: Precision Urban Hopper that Springs Vertically Over High Objects


Meet the Precision Urban Hopper, the latest military invention that is able to easily pass through a bumpy terrain and spring vertically over various obstacles as high as 25 feet.

The hopper was built by Boston Dynamics, a company that specializes in developing advanced dynamic robots. Their previous projects include BigDog and PETMAN. Boston Dynamics managed to sign a contract with Sandia National Laboratories, the developer of science-based technologies for national security, to create the next gen Precision Urban Hopper.

The company's latest invention represents a shoebox-sized unmanned robot that features GPS and most importantly its hopping is 5 times more fuel-efficient compared to hovering in case the object that is to be conquered is shorter than 30 feet tall. More information available here.

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