Boston Dynamics Reveals Handle - An Amazing Robot
Boston Dynamics has shared an amazing video of its latest robot, Handle. The robot can move easily over obstacles, go down on stairs and jump over barriers with ease. Handle can possibly handle rough terrain quite easily and the video showcases how Handle can manage moving fast on uneven surfaces. With a combination of flexible legs and wheels, Boston Dynamics team has revealed an amazing machined termed as ‘nightmare-inducing’ robot by the company co-founder Marc Raibert. The two-wheeled robot showcases an exceptional stability while moving and carrying out complex tasks.
Boston Dynamics has released interesting robots in the past as well but Handle can possibly find application in commercial world as the video shows the robot picking up a load quite easy and move with it over uneven surfaces. Handle has four legs but the video only showcases handle using wheels while moving. It will be even better to see Handle going over rough terrain by using its four legs.
“Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build,” Boston Dynamics said.
Google’s parent company Alphabet took over control of Boston Dynamics but recent reports suggest that Alphabet was looking forward to offload its stake in Boston Dynamics.
Boston Dynamics informed, “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.”
Many technology experts have raised questions about future as robots and artificial intelligence has witnessed an amazing advancement in the recent years. Many factory workers have already lost their job to robots and with robotics improving the capability of robots, it is highly likely that robots will replace more workers in near future.
A report published by CNN informed, “In the 96-second video, Handle also shows speed and agility. It can quickly accelerate to 9 miles per hour. Handle is also capable of carrying heavy loads, displaying its strength in one clip in which it lifts 100 pounds.”
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