A jumping robot inspired by locust
To browse or do research in areas of difficult access, nothing beats a practical robot that can easily be controlled remotely. One created by researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology seems more than adequate.
The robot, although small and light can jump very high. According to Professor Dario Floreano, small animals and insects use a bouncing elastic storage mechanism to load and unload energy quickly. So they can perform high jumps and accelerate quickly. Nature has inspired the creators of the robot who with two torsion springs, a small electric motor and a camera. From the top of the 18 cm and only 14 grams on the scale, it can jump to almost 60 cm, more than four times its size. Hyper agile and fast, it would make a great avatar to launch searches, and why not explore the planets.
It seems that scientists from the EPFL are in the process of refining to enable him to jump higher and so make it more efficient.