Robot can hop over 25-foot fences


29 Responses to “Robot can hop over 25-foot fences”

  1. nehpetsE says:

    Improved weapons have long history of decreasing the number of casualties. really they do…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know, this is kind of cool. Sure it’s simple in concept, but to implement; that is the challenge. It is elegantly done.

  3. denkbert says:

    /counting the time ’til the first one thinks of sticking a bomb on those cute little robots.

  4. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Denkbert, you don’t think that was in the mission statement? :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    mach a go-go, mach a go-go, mach a go-go-go!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Boing-Boing, indeed.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My eight-year old’s reaction to this video:

    “I assume you’re watching this on Boing Boing?”

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Decrease the number of friendly casualties. Let’s not delude ourselves.”

    Yes, shocking that an army would attempt to limit its own casualties… :/

  9. Anonymous says:

    @ 19, a bomb? I could even picture some evildoer trying to attach a gun and rigging it to be controlled remotely as well. Technology can always be used for evil, of course.

  10. Shelby Davis says:

    Small, wheeled robots?

    Hopping robots?


    No one’s mentioned “Second Variety”?!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Scuba SM,

    “Navy Department estimated casualties…”
    Perfect example of a straw man. Their military was virtually defeated and a quickly waning threat. No need to island hop and invade.

    And aren’t you the slightest bit skeptical, given that the the million-plus estimates are coming from the same military that dropped the bombs? You don’t suppose they’d slant the logic to justify their barbarism, ex post facto? C’mon, you wouldn’t buy that from any other country.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The article implies remote video capacities as an add-on accessory. There are already smaller RC prototypes that do this, some even fly.

    The only application I can see it used for is things a twelve year old would come up with. Spy on your friends, crush object, neighbors etc.

    We don’t need small remote control vehicles to deliver ordinance. That is more than capably handled by much more dependable and sometimes even inexpensive tech.

  13. querent says:


    if that was what they’d said, of course it would not have been shocking. but that’s not what they said.

    It is claimed that hiroshima/nagasaki saved lives, in that we didn’t have to island hop. but in another sense…

    a humanist does not judge the value of a life by nationality.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s just Sandia playing pranks on their neighbors at Kirkland AFB. “Ha Ha! Saw your secrets!” They are literally right next door to each other and not even a fence between them.

    I wonder if KUMSC uses land mines like Manzano (a couple miles east of KUMSC) used to. See the light stripe? Do Not Walk There! At least that was the rumor.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Go Speed Racer!

  16. Rotwang says:

    Decrease the number of friendly casualties. Let’s not delude ourselves.

  17. grimc says:

    I’m almost 100% sure that there was a RC toy car that did this, back in the late 80s. Not 25′, but the same concept, same tires-bigger-than-body build.

    Hmm. I wonder if I could do something with legwarmers or Wayfarers and get some sweet defense cash…

  18. Anonymous says:

    Are you serious? An undergrad engineer could’ve built one of these in a weekend and it’s gonna take Sandia 1.5 years?

  19. Scuba SM says:


    The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed or injured 199,000 people.

    The Navy Department estimated casualties for the invasion of Japan by U.S. and allied forces were between 1.7 and 4 million Allied casualties and 10 million Japanese casualties

    I agree, a humanist does not judge the value of life by nationality, and the bombings were still horrible. The predicted outcomes of the alternatives were much worse.

  20. Anonymous says:

    And I suppose it might, in theory, and if you spent long enough thinking about the design issues, even be possible to fix a bomb to it.

  21. Wardish says:

    My ignorance of robotic tech being somewhat less than for many other things…

    I’m not exactly impressed. It appears to be a mildly scaled up toy. The amusing part is my first impression was “Hmmm someone put wheels on an old cassette player.”.

    The only way that is a 25 foot fence is if 16 foot of it is underground. If you watch the background you can see a person walking alongside the fence to give a good idea of scale.

  22. Pipenta says:

    Sure, it’s cute, until he hops over the fence with a bomb. Then it’s terrifying.

  23. Anonymous says:

    That fence isn’t anywhere near 25 feet. Nice hop though.

  24. apreacher says:

    luckily the enemy has yet to develop 26-foot high fence technology.

  25. Phikus says:

    Maybe the next Mars rover won’t get stuck.

  26. Moriarty says:

    Doesn’t matter how tall I make the fences, those darn robots always seem to get into the garden.

  27. nosehat says:

    Suicide bomb carrying hopping robots are still infinitely inferior to suicide bomb carrying hopping vampires.

    (Yes, nobody will get the reference.)

  28. jphilby says:

    OOOooaaaaaah. That was never a *25*-foot fence.

    #12: Way to pick your statistics to justify that ultimate barbaric act. As a US Admiral put it at the time.

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