Meet RHex, the parkour robot

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have built a bouncy six-legged robot dubbed X-RHex-Light, or RHex for short. The robot was created to further the UPenn team's research outlined in their paper "Toward a Vocabulary of Legged Leaping." And also to execute some very cool parkour moves.

During the project, RHex learned how to execute a running leap, a backflip and even a leaping grab — all for the betterment of future robot kind. The thought is that a robot that can traverse gaps and climb tall surfaces can also right itself if it is knocked over, which any robot might need to do, now and again.

Watch RHex jump gaps, cling to walls and generally bound about in the video below.

IEEE Spectrum, via GigaOM

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