Energy Conserving Hopping Robots


A simple robotic device executes a series of jumps designed to examine the dynamics of jumping. The research could lead to reduced power consumption by hopping robots. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek)

Jumping can be more complicated than it seems according to new research. In this research, it has been found that hopping robots can reduce the energy spent during motion.

On October 26, a research has been published in the journal¬†Physical Review Letters. The work was supported by the Army Research Laboratory’s MAST program, the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the GEM Fellowship.

Studying jumping is important to future generations of robots as it is one of the most important moves an animal can make. Jumping has been extensively studied in biological organisms, which use stretched tendons to store energy and the robot follows the same principles.



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