Toyota makes a jumping robotic leg

A robotic leg developed by Toyota has taken a big step forward--or, in this case, up.

Special joints built into the toe and knee of the 3.3-foot leg reportedly allow it to jump as high as 1.6 inches. That may not sound like much, but the mobility could eventually lead to robots that can climb and descend stairs in ways that resemble human movement much more than current models.

With this ability, maybe villainous bots like the ED-209 will finally have a fighting chance next time if another "RoboCop" sequel is ever made.

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