Video of the Day: Robotic cockroach jumps over 5 feet in the air

Meet JumpRoACH, the latest robotic tech from Seoul National University in South Korea. JumpRoACH contains a milli-scale height-adjustable jumping mechanism that allows it to jump over five feet in the air.

The team even collaborated with UC Berkely researchers to provide the 60-gram robotic cockroach with the ability to flip over and then continue running, just like the real pesky creatures.

According to IEEE, most jumping robots employ a spring mechanism which provides a good amount of power, but nothing like the power that JumpRoACH possess. This is because the team’s scalable jumping mechanism, which contains a diamond-shaped bar linkage with joints just like knees. The system’s eight latex bands  store energy as they stretch when the linkage is compressed, which occurs with the help of a wire, a pulley, and a DC motor. This system can”potentially scale from itty bitty hops all the way up to aircraft carrier catapult launch (or almost), said IEEE.

Watch the robot here.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.