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Jumping robot 'an entertainer'

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A jumping robot has been built by scientists at Kyoto university in Japan.

It uses sensors to balance itself and responds to spoken instructions.

The droid has been named the ROPID, a combination of "rapid" and "robot".

Tomotaka Takahashi, who developed it, said he wanted to build a robot that entertained people rather than one that performed specific tasks.

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