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