My icon resembles that remark.
No video? :(
If it could hop, that would be impressive.
Then we could youtube it with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" dubbed in the background.
Would be better if it came in black.
Did anyone else wonder where the bowl part of the toilet was when looking at this?
It can jump, huh? Sounds like it uses some kind of stored energy mechanism. Can Toyota have finally discovered series-elastic actuators, perhaps?
Eh, the monopod balance/move/rest problem was completely solved around 1986 IIRC, at CMU's Robotics Institute, too. I want to say Marc Raibert, but I can't find the ref.
Raibert did write a book, Legged Robots That Balance, on the subject. I enjoyed the fact that they found it easier to solve the monopod/pogostick balance/walking problem first, and then treat multiple legs as composing a single virtual leg (thus, as they say, reducing it to a previously solved problem).
Someone stripped a Honda Asimo?
Awesome! It's a robot version of Head-Leg from Irritability!
Legbot! Kicking ass! Processing Names!
It kind of looks like an outboard motor -- wonder if it can paddle-kick.