Underwhelmed by the video
So, basically it's no more advanced than a suction-cup jumping toy from a Christmas cracker, with no apparent progress on the difficult bits: namely aiming the jump and holding on to whatever it lands on?
Roboticists from the University of California, Berkeley, have built the “most vertically agile” robot, capable of jumping better than humans. Salto, the pint-sized robot, can jump up to a metre in height in less than a second. It stands for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles, and is modeled on one of nature’s most …
Spring loaded suction cup was precisely what sprung to my mind!
This whole idea of height * rate seems a bit unfair to me - it doesn't take into account the size of the jumper, putting our insect friends at a considerable disadvantage.
Instead of emulating a bushbaby why not look at the humble flea - after all they article notes that the height record is held by a locust-alike.
I used to have cocker spaniels. At the moment we're looking after a friend's Westie. Believe me, if they can see food anywhere which is remotely reachable, their jump height and "recock" speed for another jump is unreal. Cairn terriers are probably the best though - I considered buying one of those at one time. I swear I checked the floor of their enclosure to see if they had a trampoline, because the puppies seemed to be levitating.
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