A new robot produced by Boston Dynamics with the purpose of handling heavy loads looks like it jumped out of a science-fiction movie. Dubbed the scariest robot ever created, this mean and lean loading and unloading machine was produced by Boston Dynamics, and it can jump, walk, run, and handle any kind of object.
Meet Handle, Boston Dynamics’ new utility robot, designed to replace human carriers. Unlike other robots produced by the company, such as Atlas, Handle does not have that sleek and human-like touch. Instead, it resembles a decapitated forest animal with large wheels instead of limbs.
So, what does this robot do apart from scaring the living daylights out of you? According to Marc Raibert, Boston Dynamics’ founder, although Handle has an otherworldly demeanor, it is actually very obedient and helpful.
Handle’s design is the result of hundreds of hours of experiments performed on bipedal robots in order to create a machine cheap to produce and powerful enough to carry around heavy-duty ordinance.
Now apart from looking like one of the four horsemen of the robopocalypse, Handle is quite handy when it comes to performing all manner of tasks. The founder of Boston Dynamics declared that even though it has small feet, the robot is more than capable of fulfilling its tasks.
Fully-bipedal robots are indeed a preferable approach in the matter of lifting, but as Raiber stated, they are expensive to produce and even pricier to maintain. This is the reason why Boston Dynamics was looking to create a robotic handler with less freedom of movement, but with the same prowess.
So, what does this exactly mean in terms of factory automation? First of all, if Boston Dynamics did its homework well, we will see more robotic handler than human handles in warehouses in the near future. Furthermore, the frightening bipedal robot created by Boston Dynamics could handle military applications, as well – think about how scared a potential enemy will be if he saw that scary piece of scrap metal hurtling towards him.
At the moment, the company is still trying to determine the extent of Handle’s capabilities. As we’ve mentioned, apart from handling heavy cargo, the robot can also jump, run, spin, and even get up if it’s knocked down.
Is the robopocalypse here? Not at all, but the new robot developed by Boston Dynamics sure looks like one of Hell’s minions.
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