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This jumping robot opens doors for cyborg ninjasRoboticists at UC Berkeley develop a cute little robot that springs off walls better and longer than even seasoned parkour pros.
[MUSIC] This is SALTO which stands for Saltatorial Locomotion on Terrain Obstacle. Saltatorial being the land word for jumping and it's the word biologists used when referring to jumping animals. The special thing about this robot is that it can jump higher and faster Faster than any other robot that's out there right now. Has 56% more vertical jumping agility. Salto can jump better than a human. It can jump higher. It can jump to one meters starting from a full stand still. Salto not's just impressive because it can jump do this big jump to a meter high Once it does that jump. Alto jumps. yeah So we can do this really high power jumping continuously and chain together these manuevers made out of large leaps. So jumping off the wall you can actually gain height that you weren't able to have before. [MUSIC] What I really enjoy about researching robotics is being able to look at animals for new ideas and use those to create better robots. [MUSIC] Solto is inspired by a galago, which is a bush baby. A galago can jump to like 1.74 Biologists have found animals have adapted specifically for jumping, had this super crouch posture. The longer they stay in a crouch, the more energy they can transfer into their tendons, and the more energy they can return for jumping. So we built in [UNKNOWN] the capability for a super crouch. What that allows is to have the motor be able to stretch out the spring and keep the robot crouched for longer. [MUSIC] Now that Salto is jumping this well what we want to do is try to explore new behaviors. The closest model to what we're trying to do is human You have these people that excel at running up a building, bouncing off all these crazy obstacles. Using stuff that would otherwise be an obstacle like a wall as a feature to help yourself move. Actually one thing I've noticed about [INAUDIBLE] With the motivation of urban search and rescue [MUSIC] What we wanna do is try to do extended behavior. Chain together a series of jumps to get places you weren't able to before. [MUSIC] In the future, we'd like to be able to take a map of the environment And extract from that places to jump. Good spots for jumping, and then be able to keep direct falto about where to jump, how high, and how far. [MUSIC]