German researchers at Festo have unveiled a new robotic kangaroo that mimics the movements of its real-life counterpart. It’s officially called the “BionicKangaroo”, and is capable of making stabilized jumps via a gesture-based remote control. That’s not all, this kangaroo also replicates the animal’s natural ability of storing energy between jumps. Continue reading for a video and more information.
According to VentureBeat, “Real kangaroos have advanced Achilles tendons in their legs that store energy when hitting the ground from a previous jump, which is released upon making the following jump. It’s actually a pretty energy-efficient process that Festo wanted to recreate in mechanical form.”