On Monday Boston Dynamics released a YouTube video of its newest robot, “Handle.” Its cool agility will have you begging the company to see more tricks, and your mind will run wild with all the ways it could be used.
According to the YouTube description, “Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.”
It’s almost creepy watching it go, with its “arms” held back and “knees” constantly bent, and its agility would definitely make it an intimidating robocop, but boy, can that robot catch some air!
Of course, the practical applications are important, too. With the ability to pick up 100 lbs, Handle very well could be the future of warehouse work.