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This Artificial Kangaroo Can Hop Forever

BionicKangaroo is an artificial kangaroo developed by Fesco as a part of its "Bionic Learning Network". It can emulate the jumping behavior of real kangaroos.

BionicKangaroo

Won’t anyone want to pet a Kangaroo? Personally, I don’t live in Australia and even if I did so, I wouldn’t have wanted to pet a kangaroo, why? Because of their inherited kickboxing skills and powerful kicks. So for people like me, BionicKangaroo may be the only alternate option.

BionicKangaroo is an artificial kangaroo developed by Fesco as a part of its “Bionic Learning Network”. It can emulate the jumping behavior of real kangaroos and just like they do in the wild, the BionicKangarro can efficiently recover energy from one jump and use the recovered kinetic energy to make another. Technically, it can go on like this forever and ever.

It’s the elastic spring that really does the perfect emulation of the kangaroos’ tendinous function. When it lands, the legs get partially charged and bounces the robotic marsupial system back in the air.

The robot stands 1 meter high and weighs around 7 kilograms. It can jump 0.4 meter vertically and 0.8 meter horizontally.

[Source: Festo]

21 comments

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    1. Actually, they did this for experiment under the project “Bionic Learning Network“ where robots are created based on principles from nature to provide inspiration for technical applications and industrial practice.

  2. Well well, looks like actually owning exotic animals from around the world will be a reality, with this concept on the table.

    Next thing you will see will be the actual life-like furs and skins applied to these robo-creatures. Who knows, a country may want to invest in an actual museum catered to recreating the dinosaurs………….

    The imagination will be flying.

    AMAZING article here, team. Thank you for sharing.

    -N.N.

  3. Very cool …and just a little creepy. Every time I see a robot that can mimic of imitate real life it makes me a little uneasy (think terminator).

    Great post!!

  4. I live in Australia and can safely say I haven’t petted a kangaroo before … but do cook with it.

    I’d be interested to see what speed they would be able to make the BionicKangaroo simulate.

    1. I do agree, but I think this thing has a purpose – to provide fun, of course. Fun stuffs shouldn’t be considered useless. I am sure this thing has other purposes as well. 🙂

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