Parkour, the art of navigating the urban environment using your wits, athleticism, and leaping ability, has been the domain of humans. Now, a small robot wants to get in on the fun. The RHex robot is building up its parkour skills and trying them out by performing flips in the air and leaping onto obstacles.
RHex stands for "robot hexapod." The little machine sports six springy legs that rotate around, giving it an air of plucky self-importance as it makes its way across the ground. RHex has been in development based on a platform created over a decade ago, but its ability to tackle parkour exercises represents an evolution in its abilities. The new, lightweight version is know as XRL, or X-RHex Lite.… Read more