This robot uses and expands on 3 algorithms to achieve the goal, one day in future, to mimic a real cheetah in terms of speed and motion.
Using a 2D laser distance sensor to sense the environment and to judge its distance from the obstacle;
Algorithm to re-plan its step length to get into position of the jump;
Using a fast algorithm to select a leg thrust to jump over the obstacle;
“People are incredibly naive about the possible uses for such technological “breakthroughs”. Just imagine what one of these equipped with the tools that you mentioned could achieve in the pursuit of individuals in remote areas of deep undergrowth. Linked in to satellite and drone technology, remotely operated, heat seeking, with motion sensors and night vision. A soldier without conscience, who is perfectly obedient, perhaps even centrally controlled by a automated program. This is the stuff of nightmares, terminator 2 coming to life. People need to open their eyes now.” – Martin Kingston
Check out from 1:05″ the complete jump without the wire harness.