Precision Urban Hopper seen in action for the first time

We reported on the Precision Urban Hopper a couple of months back, but now here's a chance to see the little box of tricks (maybe that should be 'bot of tricks) in action. Thanks to its piston-actuated leg, it can clear obstacles of up to 25 feet in height, making it the military equivalent to Javier Sotomayor.

The firm behind the concept, Sandia National Laboratories, have handed production over to Boston Dynamics, the people behind many of the animal-inspired military robots we are seeing around the place. Semi-autonomous and guided by GPS. the Precision Urban Hopper should be rolled out by the end of 2010.

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