The first robot that is able to walk, jump and fly over obstacles.
Engineers from Northeastern University in the US have created a robot that feels at home on the ground, but rises in the air if necessary. It can overcome the obstacle or to keep his balance, even stumbled.
Development called LEONARDO. The robot turned out great Florentine namesake due abbreviation LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne, ie "having legs and an air robot drone."
These days are nothing new or ground-based robots, no-copter drones, but engineers usually come on a "walk-born can not fly." Meanwhile, for the two-legged robot can be a challenge obstacle. And they may simply stumble or be overturned by the wind.
"Leonardo" gracefully cope with this problem by replacing the drop on the flight. In this he was helped by two small screws on the sides of the body, capable of generating thrust in any direction. The robot moves on two feet and a height 0, 8 meters. Despite these respectable size, it weighs only 2, 7 kilos. Such lightness achieved due to the fact that LEONARDO made mainly of carbon fiber.
Due to its engines, "Leonardo" is up in the air, fly over an obstacle and land on the other side. It turns out a kind of jump. In addition, he is able to keep his balance, if you suddenly begin to fall.