I was interested to see this video of a new jumping robot. The blurb reads:
Salto-1P is a small monopedal jumping robot capable of continuous high-power hopping. We demonstrate a new control algorithm that can land Salto-1P's foot at particular spots on the ground like jumping on stepping stones or playing one-leg hopscotch. We call this "deadbeat foot placement hopping control". Precise foot placement enables Salto-1P to jump on surfaces like furniture. This work will be presented at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Here's the video.
What I want to know is, what's it for? If it's just a demonstration of a new control algorithm that allows greater precision in maneuvering the robot, all well and good. However, in the real world, what function might need a hopping motion like that, or great precision in executing it? Could one build it into an artificial intelligence pogo stick, so that one always kept one's balance?
(Of course, there's always cat toys. Our two would go absolutely ape if they saw that thing!)