Boston Dynamics and The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force have been hard at work on the Sand Flea, which is an 11-pound robot that can drive like an RC car and jump up to 30 feet in the air when it needs to. According to Boston Dynamics, it has an onboard stabilization system that keeps it upright during flight, but it looks as though it can land in either direction. There's a video uplink that goes straight to the driver, and it looks to be pretty mobile. At this point, all I'm wondering is how I can get one, and what acutal purpose it might serve for the military.
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