The ParkourBot is an efficient and dynamic climbing robot.

Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University


Body mass1.54 kg
Gravitational acceleration0.98 m
Leg rest length0.223 m
Wall width0.54 m/s^2


During a flight the robot stores elastic energy in its springy legs and automatically releases the energy to “kick off” the wall during touch down. The ParkourBot was designed to address different types of climbing tasks such as simple chutes and more complex environment having footholds at different orientations.


Reviews related work and describes the mechanical design of the ParkourBot. Describes the two models of the ParkourBot, the SLIP model and the SPM, and examines the relationship between these models. Provides results of experiments on ParkourBots. Concludes with discussion and directions for future

A. Degani, S. Feng, H. Benjamin Brown, et al. - IEEE Transactions on Robotics ( Volume: 30 , Issue: 3), June 2014 .

Describes the mechanical design and modelling of the robot. Shows an analysis and simulation, including experiments.

A. Degani, S. Feng, H. Benjamin Brown, et al. - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, August 2011.

Place this work in context of previous work. Briefly summarizes the mechanical design of the ParkourBot. The SPM is described with experimental validation. Describes a stability analysis of this model which has been conducted.

A. Long, R. Gregg,K. Lynch. - June 2011.

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