Carnegie Mellon PhD student Simon Kalouche has created the Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology or GOAT.
Using a custom motor controller and 3 DC Tiger U10 quadcopter motors, Simon has created a unique leg that is able to hop over 32 inches high.
If he put four legs together he could come up with a very impressive robot. But as Simon states:
While the GOAT leg will most likely never be faster than the very impressive speeds achieved by the MIT Cheetah in running along a straight line, the design of GOAT sacri ces 1D top speed for the potential to run and jump in all 3 dimensions with more agility than the MIT Cheetah and all other dynamic legged robots to this date.
Check out the robot in action below.