RiSE Version 3 climbing robot

Boston Dynamics, makers of the BigDog and LittleDog pack robots, have built this adorable pole climbing robot.

RiSE V3 uses brushless DC motors that increase power density. Coupled with a dramatically different leg mechanism and unique gaited behavior, this robot exhibits rapid climbing (upwards of 22 cm/s) up a vertical surface such as a telephone pole.

RiSE Version 3 Prototype (Via Microsiervos)