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The Robotic Kangaroo

Yes, robots are becoming more sophisticated these days. As we reported here on Big Think, researchers in the US developed a method for robots to teach each other new skills. Now Festo, a German company, has created the pet of the future? 

Meet the BionicKangeroo: 

The Huffington Post has more:

With the help of elastic tendons and batteries that recharge on landing, the little guy can jump more than a foot high and about three feet forward. Hop up the page and check out the video above to see it in action.

“With the BionicKangaroo we have precisely reproduced the most characteristic features of natural kangaroos: recuperating and storing energy, and then releasing it once more in the next bound,” Dr. Heinrich Frontzek, Festo’s head of corporate communication, told The Telegraph.

The new “robo-roo” comes on the heels of other remarkable robotic animals unveiled by the company, including a robotic penguin, a flying bird, and jellyfish.

To continue reading about the amazing, jumping, robotic kangaroo, head over to The Huffington Post. 


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