One small step for robots - jumping

Jumping robot.Toyota has developed a robot leg that can jump like a human’s. This is a major breakthrough from today’s stiff-jointed machines.

The one-meter (3.3-foot) leg has a joint on its toe letting it jump as high as four centimeters (1.6 inches) by bending and stretching its toe and another knee-like joint, Japan's top automaker said Wednesday.

"This is a basic technology that can be applied to a two-legged robot in future," said a Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman.

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