Boston Dynamics’ sand flea robot jumps 10 meters

March 30, 2012

Sand Flea robot (credit: Boston Dynamics)

Boston Dynamics has just posted a new video of Sand Flea in action, of the Sand Flea jumping robot, IEEE Spectrum Automation reports..

Sand Flea has no trouble clearing a 10-meter obstacle (about 30 feet), and it’s accurate enough that you can ask it to jump through a window two stories up and it’ll do it.

The piston (which fires out the back of the robot) is powered by a carbon-dioxide cannister, and Sand Flea can make 25 jumps in a row before it needs to juice itself up again.

Sand Flea is intended to be used in Afghanistan to hop over walls, take a look around, and hop right back home again.