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RHex the ‘Parkour robot’ shows off its ability to handle various obstacles in the wild

by Madison Ruppert, End The Lie:

The University of Pennsylvania’s Kod*lab has developed an amazingly nimble hexapedal “Parkour robot” dubbed RHex, shown successfully handling various obstacles in the latest video.

RHex is “biologically inspired,” according to the university, which is an increasingly common trend in robotics.

Biologically inspired robots range from giant autonomous jellyfish to tiny flying robot insects to larger drones modeled after insects which are even capable of carrying out lethal missions to drones modeled after owls and other birds to robots modeled after cheetahs and cats to robots modeled after humans.

The most impressive part of the video demonstrating RHex (embedded below) is that it is not performed in a perfectly controlled laboratory environment.

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