To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to land just short of the obstacle, before exerting enough force to push up and over. Based on the obstacle’s height, the robot then applies a certain amount of force to land safely, before resuming its initial pace.
It was able to successfully conquer hurdles up to 18-inches tall while going about 5mph.
Here’s a less threatening video of the cheetah running across some grass, but don’t be deceived by the innocent-looking prance.
Italian designer Riccardo Sabatini scanned hundreds of mechanical manuals and schematics, gathering pieces that he could use to create Mekkanika, a typeface tribute to the Transformers franchise. The amount of detail in each of these letters is amazing, Sabatini perhaps gets the hyper-articulated feel of Michael Bay's Transformers better than Michael Bay himself could.
Just don't try, like, writing a paper in this typeface or something. Check for more in the gallery below and the via link!
You can't fault people for their resourcefulness. But you can blame them for when their innovation is a patently stupid idea. Some ideas become OSHA enraging safety fails while others become low budget DIY solutions. It's kind of up in the air, really.