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Video: UCSD Robots Climb Stairs, Hop Like Pogo Stick

The Coordinated Robotics Lab at UCSD is developing agile robots that can overcome obstacles by balancing and hopping

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Erico Guizzo is IEEE Spectrum’s digital innovation director.

The robots developed by Thomas Bewley and his team at the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of Califonia, San Diego, may look rather simple at first. But it turns out these 'bots are capable of impressive acrobatic maneuvers.

The Switchblade rover can balance on the tip of its treads and climb stairs by flipping itself end-over-end. iHop balances itself by using its wheels as gyros and it can hop on its pogo-stick of a leg.

Check out the video below by Spectrum's Josh Romero, showing how the UCSD engineers are giving their robots new ways to move.


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