Boston Dynamics has been making robots that make people go “holy shit!” for quite a few years. I’m not sure who their mad scientists are over there but they are indeed mad and sciency… and brilliant.
They recently developed a robot called the Sand Flea that can jump 30 feet high.
When I say another level, what I mean is they put their product in the world and try to break it. When you see other billion dollar companies showcase their advanced systems it’s in a very controlled environment under very specific conditions.
Arguably the most state of the art robot out there is the Honda Asimo and while incredibly impressive I would say it mostly relies on the previously mentioned factors. I don’t think you could dump Asimo into the woods and try to kick it over, most likely it would just lay down and cry.
Another badass video:
And things that come out of the GRASP lab with quadrotors. Not technically robotics but very cool.