Earlier this month, Boston Dynamics’ latest robot, Handle received much fanfare after the leak of an off-screen video. And now, the company has officially unveiled its wheeled robot. A video footage shows the robot performing some pretty extreme tricks.
Handle incorporates elements from the company’s former Atlas robot. Though a significantly less complex joint system and wheels give it more efficient mobility.
The previous video has already shown that Handle could manage some hurdles and spins, but from the latest video from Boston Dynamics, it seems that the robot could be extraordinarily mobile, on hills, in the snow, and over uneven terrain. The 6.5 feet tall robot can jump up to 4 feet vertically and can reach speeds up to 9 mph. On a single battery charge, it can travel up to 15 miles, which is pretty awesome.
While the robot is just for research and development purpose, it can pick up and transport boxes weighing up to 100 lb (45 kg). It’s a hint that Boston Dynamics might prioritize it for future commercial use. Currently, Handle has 10 actuated joints, which is a relatively simpler design and possibly for an easier production if the wheeled robot was ever to be manufactured at scale.