In countless superhero movies, characters’ abilities to leap to absurd heights fuel over-the-top fight scenes and strain storylines. Now, researchers have developed a simple robot that can actually scale tall buildings in a single bound.
The mechanical jumper, developed by a team led by UC Santa Barbara engineering professor Elliot Hawkes, can reach a height of roughly 100 feet (30 meters). The researchers say this is the highest achieved by any known natural or manufactured jumper.
“To our knowledge far higher than previous engineered jumpers and over an order of magnitude higher than the best biological jumpers,” reads a study on the work published Wednesday in the journal Nature.