HAMR-JR is only slightly bigger in length and width than a penny, making it one of the smallest yet highly capable, high-speed insect-scale robots. (Credit: Kaushik Jayaram/Harvard SEAS)

This itsy-bitsy robot can’t climb up the waterspout yet but it can run, jump, carry heavy payloads and turn on a dime. Dubbed HAMR-JR, this microrobot developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is a half-scale version of the cockroach-inspired Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot or HAMR.

Editor’s Note: This article was republished from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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