A hands-on presentation before investors shows the latest robot from Boston Dynamics: the two-legged “handle,” which has wheels instead of feet. Not only does he spin pirouettes, but he can also jump over obstacles.
The robot for its Atlas and spot knew manufacturer Boston Dynamics apparently also working on a biped robot whose leg members terminate in wheels. A leaked video of a presentation in front of investors shows, among other things, how the robot “handle” goes to its knees at full speed and again stretches the legs, spins pirouettes and even skips an obstacle.
An experimental system still exists, says Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert during his presentation – and talks jokingly of a “nightmare-producing” robot. The machine can balance itself and is with its two arms above all for moving heavy loads “Handle” has less freedom of movement than a humanoid robot with fully adjustable feet, but it is also cheaper to manufacture. Since the flow of wheels requires relatively flat ground, an application in storage halls seems to be obvious.
So far, information about the model is still scattered very thinly. The investor Steve Jurvetson, who provided the recording of the presentation on Youtube, says even, Boston Dynamics have asked him to make the passages about handler unrecognizable. Apart from handlers, the video also shows atlas in different scenes, for example how he carries a canoe together with a person or a forest walk with the four-legged robot spot.
Also, a smaller version of the four-legged spot with gripper arm on the back – Spot Mini – can be seen. The robot, in which Boston Dynamics hopes for a service area in delivery services, was introduced last summer. To be fit for transportation services, SpotMini would have to be even cheaper, Robert conceded.
Boston Dynamics has been part of Google since the end of 2013. In the spring of last year, reports began circulating that the company is trying to repel the robot manufacturer again because no marketable products are expected.
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