introducing salto-1p, the miniature robot whose jumping function gives it the energy of a hyper-aggressive pogo-stick. created by UC berkeley’s biomimetic millisystems lab, salto, short for ‘saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles,’ is designed to mimic saltatorial – jumping – animals like kangaroos and rabbits.

this hyper-aggressive pogo-stick jumping robot demonstrates studies of extreme locomotion
all images © biomimetic millisystems lab/UC berkeley

 

 

salto-1P uses a small motor and a system of linkages and gears to jump, making little contact with the ground. whilst in the air, it uses a rotating inertial tail and two little thrusters to stabilize and reorient itself in between jumps.

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originally, salto was able to control its pitch through the use of a rotating inertial tail. by spinning the tail one way, the robot could launch into a different direction. weighing in at only at only 98 grams, it harnesses enough power to give it the highest vertical jumping agility of any battery powered robot at 1.83 m/s. unfortunately, even with its most recent updates, the jumping robot’s extreme saltatorial skills are the cause of its demise (see the video).

 

 

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