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A Bionic Kangaroo

by Ben Olson

Engineers in Holland have created a new bionic robot creature from Down Under -- the Bionic Kangaroo. Dutch firm Festo designed the Bionic Kangaroo to demonstrate how energy from movement can be recovered more effectively. Like its real-life counterpart does in the wild, the robot marsupial reuses energy from jump to jump so it can cover large distances at a consistent speed without tiring out too quickly. It weighs a little more than 15 pounds, stands about three feet tall, and can jump almost 16 inches into the air while covering a distance of about 32 inches.