HAN­DLE

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What’s so in­ter­est­ing about han­dles?

Ah, not han­dle but Han­dle – the lat­est ro­botic cre­ation to come out of the Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics de­vel­op­ment labs.

Hang on. Who are Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics?

An en­gi­neer­ing and ro­bot­ics de­sign com­pany based in the US who are re­spon­si­ble for the im­pres­sive walk­ing ro­bots such as Big Dog and At­las.

Right. What’s so spe­cial about Han­dle then?

As it has a com­bi­na­tion of both wheels and legs, it can travel over var­ied ter­rain. It has a top speed of 14km/h (9mph), it can make ver­ti­cal jumps of up to 120cm and can pick up and carry loads as heavy as 50kg. It’s also able to travel up to 24km on a sin­gle bat­tery charge.

Im­pres­sive. So what can it be used for?

So far Han­dle is just be­ing used for R and D pur­poses, but the fu­ture us­eses could range from ev­ery­thing from un­load­ing lor­ries to search and res­cue.

Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics’ rolling, jump­ing ro­bot

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