RHex the Parkour Robot Is Cooler Than Parkour Humans

July 25, 2013 | Andy Cush

RHex, a small, six-legged robot, is designed to navigate tough terrain, with springy limbs, relatively high speed, and the ability to move even after its been flipped upside-down. According to Boston Dynamics, creators of one of several RHex types, the bot “climbs in rock fields, mud, sand, vegetation, railroad tracks, telephone poles and up slopes and stairways.”

In a video of a new RHex robot developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the robot does some miniature Parkour all over the school’s campus. Watch as he bounds up the stairs! Gasp in awe as he clears the gap between two picnic tables! Look at the little guy go!