It jumps. It rolls. It could be coming soon to a planet near you.
Designed by biomimetics researcher Rhodri Armour at the University of Bath, the Jollbot is a spherical cage that can roll in any direction.
If it can’t go around an obstacle, it goes over. To jump, the cage compresses and springs open — a mechanism inspired by the joints of a grasshopper’s legs.
Between rolling and jumping, Armour hopes the two-pound Jollbot will be able to handle rough terrain on other planets….