Latest in Gear

Image credit: Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics officially reveals its rolling 'Handle' robot

It's still agile, even with wheels instead of pegs at the end of both legs.
2105 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Boston Dynamics

We got a preview of Boston Dynamics' latest "helper" thanks to offscreen video leaked from a presentation, but now the company is ready to let us meet Handle. Unlike its previous robots that ran, jumped or walked, this two-legged monstrosity gets around on small wheels. Even with the adjustment, the video shows clearly how it can still get down stairs, navigate down a snowy hill, and pull off impressive leaps even while moving.

The company says it's designed to carry things, hence the name, but with that kind of go-anywhere ability it seems equipped for any kind of task up to and including Judgement Day. Handle is 6.5 feet tall, can jump 4 feet and travels at speeds of up to 9mph. According to the description on the video, it combines hydraulic and electric actuators, and can travel up to 15 miles between charges and it's apparently less complex than the quadruped and bipedal robots.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
2105 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Tesla's crash test lab video shows real and virtual Model 3 wrecks

Tesla's crash test lab video shows real and virtual Model 3 wrecks

View
TiVo's 'free' streaming service starts rolling out

TiVo's 'free' streaming service starts rolling out

View
NASA demos spacesuits for its Moon and Mars missions

NASA demos spacesuits for its Moon and Mars missions

View
Sony’s 360 Reality Audio launches this fall with 1,000 tracks

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio launches this fall with 1,000 tracks

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr