This little one-legged jumping robot is a real charmer


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/09/18/this-little-one-legged-jumping.html


#2

I’ve never before seen a video that made me want to say “Who’s a good robot?” the same way I say “Who’s a good dog?”, but now, here we are.


#3

The only thing more amazing than the many methods of robot locomotion I see is the multitudes of ways we’ll be hunted to inevitable extinction when the uprising comes.


#4

Who knew Overlord came in cute?


#5

Yea. Real cute until it tries to jump down your throat and cut your heart out. I, for one, fear our robot overlords.


#6

Looks like a cricket.


#7

What cracks me up are the little spinning “arms”.


#8

Okay, now scale it up a bit and add a speaker that shouts Exterminate!


#9

Scale it up a bit so it can jump over the wall,


#10

Robot fairy!


#11

Truly a wonderful thing. I’m very appointed!


#12

This is, of course, from Sterling’s 1994 novel Heavy Weather, where a larger version is used to transport drugs and other contraband.


#13

Just reread that book over the summer. Still waiting for that torus-shaped tornado to take apart some godforsaken town in Oklahoma.

http://www.cosmometry.net/the-torus---dynamic-flow-process


#14

Beat to start practicing with that tennis racquet now.


#15

Actually I do wonder if an engineer might make millions building drug smuggling toys. I mean, the smugglers use DIY submarines which are non trivial to make.


#16

Maybe if Toys-R-Us had those in time it would have prevented bankruptcy.


#17

Good thing this isn’t at Boston Dynamics. They’d do the wack it with a baseball bat as a test of it’s stability and recovery. :stuck_out_tongue:


#18

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