Philadelphia-based company Ghost Robotics' new bot, called the Ghost Minitaur, looks cute, but it also packs serious functionality. The versatile robot uses technology from the University of Pennsylvania to do things like flip itself over when upended, climb stairs and fences, and even open certain types of doors.
With all those functions, one might expect the Ghost Minitaur to be roughly humanoid in shape, but the 40 centimeter-long bot actually manages all these tasks with a four-legged design. In terms of regular mobility, the robot runs with a gait that looks something like a hare's, bouncing forward by rocking onto its hind legs.
To climb fences, the Ghost Minitaur uses small hook-like feet to slowly pull itself up. the bot can also open doors with lever-style handles by jumping and simultaneously pushing down the handle while pushing the door forward.