Playing with RC cars can be a lot of fun for kids, and as anyone who plays the Call of Duty games know, the army thinks they are fun as well. Now, a company called Boston Dynamics has revealed their latest take on the RC car. Unfortunately you will not find it at any Toy’s R Us. Boston Dynamics and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force are behind this project because creating military bots is now more profitable than selling RC cars to kids.
Their creation is called the Sand Flea. It is a heavy duty all terrain RC car with a trick up its sleeve to overcome obstacles. Weighing only 11 pounds, the Sand Flea has an on board camera and CO2 piston-like launching mechanism all in a small package. The CO2 launch system propels it up to 30 feet in the air for gaining access to rooftops and clearing walls or obstacles. The Sand Flea jumps very accurately from a stationary position, so it can even get into open windows. The CO2 tank allows for 25 jumps before reloading. To assure a smooth landing and steady camera footage, the Sand Flea is also equipped with a stabilization system that levels it when it is in flight.
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