Thursday, December 11, 2008
I know what you're thinking. Why is that painter guy from Murphy Brown holding this big green round thing?
Well don't be silly... it's not him. It's engineer Rhodri Armour from the University of Bath's Center for Biomimetic & Natural Technologies in England. He and his colleagues have developed the Jollbot. Apparently this thing is the first robot that can jump like a grasshopper and roll over smoother terrain.
By not using wheels and being able to store energy in spring-like elements, this robot can get out of sticky situations. That makes it an ideal candidate for a new space exploration robot. Way to go, Jollbot.
Here's a video of it doing its weeble-wobble/roly-poly/grasshoppery thing: