Despite their small size, insects can be phenomenal jumpers, capable of leaping many times their body length with astonishing speed. Researchers have now successfully mimicked these capabilities in a miniature robot that can store a large amount of potential energy then rapidly release this to power a jump. The team anticipate that the design could ultimately enable the production of fully-autonomous miniature robots, capable of navigating unfamiliar terrain and self-righting themselves. Diagram of the jumping mechanism in the miniature robots. ">Video of Miniature jumping robotVideo footage of the miniature robot jumping.