‘Parkour’ robot dog can leap, jump, and crawl its way through complex obstacle courses

Four-legged, dog-inspired quadruped robots have already proven capable of a variety of tasks, from remotely monitoring sports stadiums and guiding blind persons to inspecting potentially hazardous research areas. These robots are generally more agile than their hulking bipedal counterparts, but they have mostly failed to match the fluid grace and athleticism of their furry canine inspirations. Now, a new wall-scaling robot is pushing the boundary of what these quadrupeds are capable of, and it’s doing so with a bit of flair. 

Researchers from ETH Zurich are trying to close the mobility gap between robots and animals with a new highly-mobile robot capable of running, jumping, and crawling its way through obstacle courses. 

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